Hendrix nearing final decision?
Safety Payton Hendrix of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne could not say enough positive things about the atmosphere he experienced Saturday night at Notre Dame. "My favorite part was the walk-through and just walking around campus before the game started," Hendrix said. "I've never seen so many people in one place before. The parking lot was crazy. I've never seen anything like that." Hendrix has taken in a game at the University of Texas before, but he said Notre Dame ousted programs like the Longhorns in terms of atmosphere. "I mean, Texas is crowded, but the fans aren't like they here (Notre Dame)," Hendrix said. "I can't really explain it. I guess the Texas fans are more laid back." Hendrix admitted he was surprised so many fans recognized him. "I had people that I had never seen before coming up to me," Hendrix said. "That was crazy." Before kickoff on Saturday, Hendrix spoke with head coach Brian Kelly, safeties coach Bob Elliott and area recruiter/cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks. "Coach Cooks was telling me that I would have the opportunity to compete for early playing time," Watkins said. "He was talking to me about their needs in the secondary and how I would fit into their system. Coach Elliot is a cool coach and that was the first time I met him." Without naming leaders, Notre Dame was in very good position with Hendrix prior to his official visit this weekend. Now, where do the Irish stand? "The visit upped everything about Notre Dame," Hendrix said. This was Hendrix's first official visit, and he doesn't have any others scheduled, though trips to Arkansas, Texas Tech, Utah and Wake Forest are possibilities. Is a final decision approaching? "I'm not really sure," Hendrix said. "I'll have to discuss it with my parents." Hendrix is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. safety in the class of 2014.