DT Dwayne Hendricks shows why at the Nike Camp

Dwayne Hendricks is easily one of New Jersey's top recruits. The soon-to-be Millville High School senior proved just that at the Penn State Nike Camp on Sunday.

Dwayne Hendricks is a 6-4, 246 lb. two-way star who will be a 4-year starter this season as a defensive tackle. He was named 1st team All-Conference and All-South Jersey after totaling 65 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 quarterback hurries, and 1 pass defended his junior year.

Hendricks started at both offensive and defensive tackle as a sophomore and a junior but most colleges are looking at Dwayne as a defensive end. He's excellent against the run and is a strong and powerful athlete.

At the Nike Camp, Dwayne ran a 4.8 40-yard dash and a 4.77 shuttle run. He also bench pressed 185 lbs. for 17 reps.

Dewayne comes from good bloodlines also as his older brother Damian was a very good offensive tackle at Temple. I had the chance to sit down with Damian and watch Dwayne perform in his agility drills. Dwayne moves very well for his size and has a frame that can add a lot of weight. He is very muscular but has a body type that can easily add another 20 lbs.

When I asked Damian if Dwayne had a leader at this point he said, " We are just having fun with it at this point - checking out all the schools to see what they have to offer."

We had a chance to talk about last year's Pitt-Temple game, which Pitt was very fortunate to win. "We gave that game away. We had it and then we turned the ball over and gave it away." An interesting fact is that Damian was selected by the Temple coaching staff as the offensive MVP of the 2001 Pitt game.

We also talked about all the past New Jersey high school athletes that went on to outstanding excellent careers at Pitt - Frank Moore, Lewis Moore, Ricardo McDonald, Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, and others. When I asked Dwayne which schools he is interested in, he said, "I'm looking at all the schools that have offered me. I have offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Pitt, Temple, BC, Virginia, Rutgers, and Maryland."

Dwayne has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 900 on the SAT that he took when he was only a sophomore. He's a very polite, well-spoken young man and should have a bright future in store for him both in the classroom and on the football field.

Brian Gold
PittInsiders.com


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