Because of that, as the 6-foot-2, 280-pound waited to board a flight home, he was able to list is favorite in the recruiting process.
"I would say here," Hendrikson said."It's the coaches and facilities, playing in a big conference."
Hendrikson made the trip with offensive tackle teammate Dan Heiar, who also said the Scarlet Knights were his leader coming off the visit. Part of the fun of the visit was a trip to New York City, which certainly left a mark.
"We had a good time. We got to see the city, met all the coaches, saw the facilities …they're great," Hendrikson said. "We went bowling and checked out New York. I had never been out east. It was kind of a culture shock at first. When we arrived in downtown New York, Dan and I, both our heads were looking up and all over, really."
And Hendrikson certainly felt a connection to them, as well as many other members of the offensive line he got to speak with during the trip.
"I think I could definitely fit in," Hendrikson said. "I would definitely have to earn a spot, but I definitely enjoyed hanging out with the guys. They definitely seem like a great bunch of guys."
While seeing the campus, getting to know the players and spending a night in New York accentuated the visit, it was what he saw during the game that made a huge impression.
"Just how the coaches treat their players," he said. "I tried to watch as closely as I could (what was happening) on the sideline, and just how they treated their players, and that's kinda my No. 1 thing. After watching that, I could definitely see myself going here."
However, Hendrikson said he is not prepared to make a quick decision. He already made an official visit to Wyoming and also holds offers from New Mexico and Western Michigan, and Washington State is trying to get him to visit the weekend of Dec. 10-12.
"Maybe in the next two weeks," said Hendrikson, who prepped at St. Ansgar (Iowa) High. "I want to check out a couple of other places maybe, and just to talk it over with coaches and family."