Howard College Paul Hendrix Talks Recruiting

Howard College (Big Spring, Texas) sophomore shortstop Paul Hendrix is one of the most coveted middle infielders in the junior college ranks. He's currently in the process of deciding which college he will attend.

Hendrix has received serious recruiting interest from some of the top colleges in the nation.

"OU (Oklahoma), Mississippi State, OSU (Oklahoma State), Oregon, TCU and San Diego are the ones who have really heavily recruited me", said Hendrix.

He explained how he narrowed his list down to his final four of Oklahoma, MSU, Oregon and TCU.

"I looked at their website and checked out the coaches and also looked at their stats from last year offensively", said the 6-2, 175-pounder. "The last thing I really looked at, which isn't too big of a deal, was distance from home."

Of the four schools on his list, he's officially visited two, Mississippi State and Oklahoma. He talked about what he liked about both.

"I visited Mississippi State when they played LSU and I visited OU last week", said Hendrix. "I liked the areas that they were in. They weren't in a big city area. There was scenary to look at. I guess you could say they were pretty campuses. And I also liked the facilities that I saw. The facilities is one of the things that I am looking at. I'm also looking at whether the school has my major, which is Sports Management."

Hendrix, who was a first-team all-conference selection his freshman season at Howard College, has remaining visits set with Oregon and TCU.

"I am going to Oregon this weekend", said Hendrix. "I will visit TCU the weekend after next weekend. I believe that's something like the 28th or the 29th."

There's a possibility that he will visit a fifth school.

"I'm not sure (if I will take a 5th visit); I'm still thinking about it," said Hendrix. "It just depends on how these last two go."

His plans are to make his final decision a few days after his TCU visit.

"I will probably make my decision after I visit TCU", said the talented shortstop.

During the 2011 season, Hendrix, who bats and throws righthanded, hit .379 with 15 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs while driving in 42 RBI in 53 games to help lead his team to a 46-13 overall record.

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