Hendrix sees real potential with Notre Dame

Could Notre Dame safety target Payton Hendrix of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne be eyeing a fall commitment date?

Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix was offered by the Irish over the summer, and since then, Notre Dame has risen steadily on Hendrix's list of favorites.

"I'm still working on a top five," Hendrix said. "It's a possibility I could commit without putting a top five. I'm just not sure."

Any schools Hendrix is confident in saying will be included in the list of five?

"Notre Dame will be in it," Hendrix said. "They have great academics and they're a big time program that plays top competition. "Ever since I was offered, [Notre Dame cornerbacks] Coach (Kerry) Cooks and I talk pretty frequently. He says they really like my film."

Hendrix has one official visit planned so far and that's to Notre Dame the weekend of Oct. 18 when the Irish play USC. He'll be joined by teammate and fellow Notre Dame target cornerback Nick Watkins.

"I'm just going to take everything in and get an overall feel for Notre Dame," Hendrix said. Nick and I joke around all the time about it [playing together in college], but we haven't had any serious discussions about it."

"I will come home and talk it over with my parents since they are not coming with me on the trip," Hendrix said. "I'll go from there."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back took visits this summer to Arkansas and Texas Tech, two schools that are in the running to land Hendrix.

"I'm not sure if I'll take visits back to those places since I saw them this summer," Hendrix said. "Like Notre Dame, Arkansas and Texas Tech are big programs, and they can offer the possibility of early playing time."

What other schools have the potential to land a visit from Hendrix, if any?

"I don't have any other visits planned, but I will probably take a few more," Hendrix said. "I'm not sure where yet. There are quite a few [schools expressing interest], like Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and Wake Forest."

Hendrix's most recent offers are from Baylor, Missouri and Purdue. Oklahoma is recruiting Hendrix as well, though the Sooners have yet to extend an offer.

Hendrix is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 22 safety in the class of 2014.

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