Hendrix Becomes Focal Point For Irish

Andrew Hendrix becomes a very important recruit as Notre Dame learned that Nick Montana committed to the Washington Huskies Monday night. The Irish had been hoping to sign two quarterbacks in the 2010 class, but that may not happen, as Hendrix is the only available quarterback with a scholarship offer.

Notre Dame landed two big-time quarterbacks back-to-back when they signed Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist, but they may now be paying for that success. The Irish weren't able to sign a signal caller of their choice for the 2009 class and thus far for the 2010 class they have watched six offered quarterbacks select other schools. Maybe the most significant of the six was the latest, Nick Montana, son of former Notre Dame great Joe Montana.

Nick Montana's head coach at Oaks Christian High School (Westlake, Calif.) spoke with Scout.com's Chris Fetters about his quarterback's decision.

"He's looked at a lot of schools, and I think every school that has offered he's been to," Bill Redell said to Fetters Monday night. "But I think this last trip, this past weekend, he came back and told me that he really liked it, really liked the coaching staff - and in particular coach (Steve) Sarkisian.

"Sarkisian is a great guy and Washington is very fortunate to get him as their football coach. He'll bring that program back. To recruit a guy like Nick Montana, that's a real plus for the University of Washington and coach Sarkisian, to grab a kid of his caliber."

With Montana taken, the Irish will turn their hopes to Andrew Hendrix from Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio), who made an unofficial visit to South Bend to see the Notre Dame campus. Hendrix received his scholarship offer in early May and immediately named Notre Dame as one of his favorite schools.

"A school like Notre Dame is a huge deal," Hendrix said. "They definitely jump up towards the top of my list. It's definitely a great opportunity. I've never been to Notre Dame personally, but I've heard nothing but great things about it. People tell me all the time that when you see it, that you'll fall in love with it. One of my teachers wrestled at Notre Dame and he said that Notre Dame would be the place to go even before they offered."

While the Irish impressed Hendrix the 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback received another big scholarship offer shortly afterward from the home-state Buckeyes of Ohio State.

"(Ohio State) is a very prestigious school, one of the top-five football schools in the nation year in and year out," Hendrix told Jeff Svoboda of BuckeyeSports.com "It's an honor to get an offer from Ohio State. That and it being so close to home that if I went there, it would be a hop, skip and a jump away from Cincinnati. Those are two things that really stand out."

Notre Dame will be evaluating a number of quarterbacks at their summer camp, but the Irish need to land one of their top quarterbacks prospects, and it looks like Hendrix could be their last chance. There has been talk that Hendrix could end his recruitment as quickly as Montana ended his.

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