The Buckeye offer came in Sunday night when OSU head coach Jim Tressel phoned Hendrix in the days before he left for his tour of the Middle East to meet with the troops with some other college football coaches.
"I received a call from Coach Tressel, the one they they're allowed," Hendrix said. "I got that call and he talked to me a little bit and explained how he was going over to the Middle East this week but we really had a chance to chat a little bit. We talked about our families, stuff like that, and then we started talking football and he informed me that I had a full scholarship to Ohio State, so it was pretty exciting."
Hendrix said the offer was not a surprise given how much time the Buckeye coaches had spent at the Cincinnati power over the past few weeks to check out him and defensive end Marcus Rush. When the phone did ring, Hendrix heard the news he was hoping for.
"The weeks before that a lot of Ohio State coaches had been in," said Hendrix, who is yet unrated by Scout. "They said they liked me a lot, they just needed to go over a couple of more quarterbacks and then I would hear from them again. When my coach told me that they would like to talk to me and I would be getting a call from Coach Tressel on Sunday, I really was hoping for the best. The outcome that I had hoped for really happened. I was really excited but not surprised because I've really been expecting it for the past couple of weeks."
Hendrix grew up in the Queen City, where loyalties often seem divided between the Buckeyes and schools like Notre Dame and Cincinnati, but the 6-3, 220-pounder said he did grow up supporting OSU and has a sister who attended the university.
"It's a very prestigious school, one of the top-five football schools in the nation year in and year out," he said. "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."
The offer from Ohio State was just the beginning of a busy week for Hendrix, who has seen his stock rise steadily. He took over as Moeller's quarterback last season and threw for 1,700 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Numerous offers from Big Ten schools and other BCS schools started to pour in, and Thursday brought new offers from the Hurricanes and Fighting Irish.
"Miami is a big-time offer," Hendrix said. "Their skill positions are really loaded. They're an up-and-coming program with a good opportunity to play early in my career. That's definitely something that jumps out to me, and really, the area that it's in – Miami, Fla., that really speaks for itself, the weather, the atmosphere there, everything. That's a big-time football school with a lot of prestige to it.
"Notre Dame, just saying it, you realize what's so good about Notre Dame. It's Notre Dame, and that's why it's such a good offer for me. Being from Moeller, a lot of our traditions and everything, we are like a little Notre Dame. With Moeller used to being a pipeline, it's definitely a big offer when a Moeller kid, on top of that a Moeller quarterback, gets the opportunity to play for the Irish."
Hendrix plans to cut his list down some time over the next week, but it seems likely that Ohio State will make the final cut. When asked if the Buckeyes became a leader on his list when he received the offer, Hendrix said, "Absolutely. When you get an offer like that, it definitely shoots right up your list. They are very close to the top."
In addition, he said he will try to fit in a visit to the Columbus campus, his first unofficial to OSU, in the near future. That trip could very well come from June 4-6 if Moeller makes the state baseball tournament's final four to be held in Columbus.
The Crusaders need just a win today against Kettering Fairmont today to advance to the semifinals.
"If I can make a day of winning a state championship and getting a chance to talk to Coach Tressel, that would just be too cool," he said. "That would be the best situation, but if we get knocked out for some reason before that, then I will get up there as soon as possible."