Hendrix to decide before signing day

Safety Payton Hendrix of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne gives the latest regarding his recruitment and Notre Dame.

When cornerback Nick Watkins of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne committed to the Irish in October, he made sure to tell teammate and Irish safety target Payton Hendrix that the duo should continue their success in the secondary together at Notre Dame.

"Oh yeah, he's on me all the time about it," Hendrix said. "He told me before he announced that he was committing to Notre Dame. I was one of the first people that found out."

Hendrix and Watkins took their officials to Notre Dame Oct. 19 and saw Notre Dame beat USC. Both named the Irish their leader after their visits.

"Notre Dame is still my No. 1," Hendrix said. "I'm not really sure about anything after that. I just want to take a few more visits after my season before I decide anything."

Hendrix says he plans on visiting Utah and Wake Forest once Bishop Dunne (6-4) gets eliminated from the playoffs. Though he's already visited Arkansas and Texas Tech, Hendrix said he may take return trips to either or both of those programs. Bishop Dunne will play its first playoff game this Friday against Antonian Prep (8-2) of San Antonio.

One program that once seemed like it was nearing extending an offer to Hendrix, Oklahoma, has appeared to cool on the four-star safety.

"I don't really talk to Oklahoma much anymore," Hendrix said. "I mainly talk with the schools I'm still considering visits."

Hendrix says he does not want to drag out his decision until National Signing Day in February.

"I want to decide well before Signing Day," Hendrix said. "I'm not sure [if it will be before the end of the calendar year]. I'll see when I can get those visits scheduled after the playoffs."

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

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