Does JUCO Center Still Have Rutgers On Radar?

Iowa Western center Dallas Hendrikson tripped to Rutgers earlier this month. He has two more visits set before signing a letter of intent in two weeks, and he talked about where his reccruitment sits. Hendrikson also said he is expecting an important visitor to the Iowa Western campus next week that can help swing the pendulum in the Scarlet Knights' favor. Check out what is going on.

Iowa Western junior college center Dallas Hendrikson admits the population and pace of life at Rutgers is markedly different than his hometown of St. Ansgar, Iowa, but it may not be a deterrent in his recruitment.

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."

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Hendrikson already visited Tennessee (in the spring) and Wyoming. He has official visits set for South Florida (Dec. 7-8) and Washington State (Dec. 10-12).

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."

Rutgers also offered offensive tackle Dan Heiar of Iowa Western. He told Scout.com last week Iowa and Michigan State were his two leaders.


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