Dallas Hendrikson, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound sophomore at Iowa Western Community College, returned from a weekend official visit to Washington State and is prepared to sign a binding national letter of intent Wednesday, the first day of the junior college signing period.
"I'll probably make my decision tomorrow, or even today, but I don't know if I'll announce it," Hendrikson said Monday morning. "Right now I have a list of three; South Florida, Washington State and Rutgers."
Hendrikson would be the odds-on favorite to be the Scarlet Knights' starter at center beginning in the spring, and is an integral part of Rutgers' recruiting efforts to fix an offensive line that yielded 61 sacks last season.
One thing Hendrikson wanted to do was build a strong bond with the head coach of the school he was heading to, and he took a big step in doing that that when Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano visited him last week.
The visit put the Scarlet Knights in very good position to land Hendrikson.
"It was awesome," Hendrikson said. "It was pretty special for him to come out here and do that. We connected. I think he can connect with a lot of people with the way he is. He's a good guy."
Hendrikson, who was an first-team all-Midwest Football Conference selection, visited Rutgers in November before visiting South Florida early last week.
Hendrikson spent this past weekend at Washington State.
"I checked out the facilities, met all the coaches and the players, went to the banquet," he said. "It's kind of like where I come from, a small town, good people."
Hendrikson will sign his letter of intent during a ceremony at Iowa Western late Wednesday morning.