Iowa Western Community College center Dallas Hendrikson gave Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano a non-binding oral commitment, according to Iowa Western coach Scott Strohmeier. "He did late last night," Strohmeier said in a text to ScarletReport.com.
The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Hendrikson is set to sign his binding national letter of intent to Rutgers on Wednesday, and will enroll in January. He will compete immediately for playing time, and is the favorite to win the starting center position in spring practice.
"I played at the University of Maryland and saw some really good players, and I've only been coaching for a few years, but at that position he's the best I've seen so far," Iowa Western offensive line coach Donnie Woods said Monday afternoon. "He's athletic, he moves extremely well, he has great hips. He's extremely tough.
"He's everything you want in an offensive lineman. The one thing setting him back with a lot of programs as his height."
Hendrikson was a first-team selection to the all-Midwest Football Conference. He had offers from Rutgers, South Florida, Washington State and Wyoming, and told ScarletReport.com on Monday afternoon he connected very well with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
Schiano visited Hendrikson last week in an effort to show how much the Scarlet Knights wanted him.
"He has every single intangible you want in an offensive lineman," Woods said. "He doesn't say a lot, but when he speaks, everyone listens."