Von Hendrix has "amazing" visit to Navy

Chris Von Hendrix is trying to decide between his nine D-1 and D-2 offers and decided to take an official visit to Navy the weekend of November 1st. The 6-foot-1, 210-pond wide receiver, out of Orange High School in Pepper Pike, Ohio, is one of those highly-skilled under-the-radar type of players Navy loves to recruit. They very well be in the driver's seat with Von Hendrix after the visit.

"The visit to Navy was amazing to be honest," Von Hendrix told GoMids.com. "It gave me a good sense of what the Academy offers academically and athletically. After that visit, I'm in love with the school. I went with my father and my sister and they were blown away as well. I honestly don't have a favorite moment because all of the moments seemed to be equally amazing.

"The game was great. It's nothing like high school football. It's something crazy. It was so loud at FedEx Field. I'm really excited just thinking about playing in that type of atmosphere. The next day, on campus, I got a more detailed look at the Academy. I actually took an unofficial visit over the summer so this visit gave me the chance to see a more in-depth view of the Academy. It's really nice.

"Coach Niumatalolo asked me what I thought about the visit. He's a very nice guy. He came across as very genuine, detail-orientated, and honest. He's someone who I could really see myself playing for. All of the coaches were awesome. I don't have a bad word to say about any of them. They're coaches who I'd love to work with in the future. They know what they're talking about when it comes to football."

Von Hendrix has a wide array of offers from Air Force, Akron, Bowling Green, Indiana State, Lake Erie, Miami-Ohio, Navy, St. Francis (PA), and Valparaiso. It was Navy's Mike Judge who came in with the offer from the Midshipmen during the summer months.

"Coach Judge said Navy thinks I'm an explosive player," he said. "They like how I'm able to elude defenders with breakaway speed. I'm strongly considering Navy. I love the program, but I see it also as a way to give back to my country and protect it.

"I'm looking at making a commitment by the end of December. I want to go to a place where I'll be set for life after college. On the football side, I want to be around coaches who I communicate well with. I'm going to be on the field and in the locker room with the coaches for four years so I want to be with people I'm comfortable with. I'm willing to go out of state, but I don't think I want to be too far out west."

In his senior season at Orange High School on the outskirts of Cleveland, Von Hendrix broke numerous school records including most receiving touchdowns in a season (15), most receiving yards in a game (221), and most receiving yards in a season (1237). The Orange Lions (5-5) finished their 2014 season on October 31st with a 57-26 victory over Harvey. It was the game Von Hendrix set the school record for most receiving yards in a single game.

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