Von Hendrix proud to be a Midshipman

Chris Von Hendrix was sky-high on the prospect of going to Navy after taking an official visit the weekend of November 1st. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wide receiver, out of Orange High School in Pepper Pike, Ohio, decided to hold off on committing while on campus and wait until his target date of mid-December. On Sunday, the wait was over and he gave his verbal to Navy's Mike Judge.

"Sunday evening Coach Judge came for an in-home visit," Von Hendrix said. "My parents had some questions for him and after he finished answering all of them, I told him I was ready to commit. He was extremely excited and fired up after I told him my decision.

"I've been to Navy twice; once during the summer and once on the official when they played Notre Dame, and I've fallen in love with the place. The opportunity to attend such a prestigious institution and play for someone like Coach Niumatalolo was one I couldn't pass on. I wanted the chance to play big time college football at a big time program and set myself up for the future at the same time. I have all of that at Navy.

"I'm extremely excited to get to play for Coach Niumatalolo as well as Coach Yokitis. When I was on campus, Coach Yokitis and I were watching game film together and he was showing me some things they do and that he sees me becoming an intricate part of their offense at wide receiver in the years ahead. Coach Niumatalolo is a very good coach, one of the best in the country. The philosophy and belief he had for his football program is something I want to come be a part of for the next four years of my life."

On Saturday, the day before his in-home visit with Coach Yokitis, Von Hendrix watched Niumatalolo become the winningest head coach in the history of Navy football with the Midshipmen's victory over arch-rival Army.

"We watched the entire game Saturday," he said. "That's an atmosphere I can't wait to be a part of. It was a great win for Navy. Honestly, I consider it an honor and a blessing to be in the position I am in. I'll be going in to Navy direct so I'll be out there competing with a lot of those guys next year. I'm not so much happy that I can say recruiting is over, but happy I can say I know that I made the right decision. My family's all very excited and proud of me."

Von Hendrix held additional offers from Air Force, Akron, Bowling Green, Indiana State, Lake Erie, Miami-Ohio, St. Francis (PA), and Valparaiso. In his senior season at Orange, he 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).

Although recruited at wide receiver, many believe Von Hendrix could play defense in college as well at safety or outside linebacker. With track star speed and a 3.5 GPA, Von Hendrix is an excellent addition to Navy's Class of 2015.

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