Hendrikson, who visited Rutgers earlier this month and holds an offer from the Scarlet Knights, said the school remains high on his list as he gets ready to make his final two official visits.
"Just growing up in Iowa, you're not used to city life," Hendrikson said. "I think I could get used to it. Rutgers is still in the mix, for sure, just because of their recent success in both football and academics."
Tennessee is no longer recruiting Hendrikson, and he said South Florida has not yet offered.
"Recruiting just kind of slowed down a little bit," Hendrikson said. "I've been talking to coaches, but it might pick up again with the season about over."
Iowa Western is ranked No. 6 in the nation, and plays Snow College (Utah) in the Top of the Mountain Bowl this weekend in Sandy, Utah, so Hendrikson's recruitment figures to remain slow this weekend.
However, he is going to get a special visitor to the Iowa Western campus next week.
"Wyoming has visited campus and I think Rutgers is coming out next week," Hendrikson said. "It will be coach (Greg) Schiano. It definitely shows I'm high up (on Rutgers' list) and they're interested, and the more I get to know him, the better."
Hendrikson plans to sign a national letter later this month.
"I kind of want to get it over with," he said. "I think I'm going to end up signing the (Dec.) 15. We're probably going to have about 10 guys signing that day from our school."