SMU Offers Local 2014 Defensive Back

Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix visited SMU for junior day in February and wound up with an offer on Wednesday. Is he interested? Find out inside!

Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix is the latest recruit to receive an offer from SMU. Growing up locally, Hendrix is very familiar with the campus and the football team and has high interest in the Ponies.

"SMU is a real good school," the 6-foot-3 188-pound junior said. "It's close to home for one, me being raised in the Dallas area. They have really good academics, and I know a couple of guys who have committed to SMU from the Dallas area so they could be a possible option."

Hendrix currently holds offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas State, New Mexico, Stanford and Louisiana Tech and has also received interest from Oklahoma Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas Tech, which he says will all probably offer him in the spring.

Hendrix not only attended the SMU junior day, he has also made it out to Ford Stadium to watch the Mustangs play a few home games.

"I've been up there more than I've been to any other school," Hendrix said. "I've probably been up there like four or five times."

Hendrix, who just recently transferred to Bishop Dunne, played at Red Oak last season, teaming up with an SMU commit that could become a household name sooner rather than later.

When three-star tight end Jeremiah Gaines, who committed to SMU last year, took trips to the Hilltop, Hendrix says that he would always tag along. Hendrix says he has a strong relationship with the future SMU pass-catcher.

"Me and him (Gaines) we're real close," Hendrix said. "We do a lot of stuff together. We work out together. As a matter of fact, I worked out with him over spring break."

Earlier this year, SMU head coach June Jones visited Bishop Dunne with interests in highly touted recruits Jovan Pruitt and Nick Watkins however, his visit occurred before Hendrix arrived to campus.

SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill attended a few games at Red Oak this past season and saw him live in action while watching Gaines. This, Hendrix says, is when SMU became actively interested in him.

But now that he's at Bishop Dunne, SMU defensive backs Derrick Odum will be taking over as his recruiter.

Safety is the position that Hendrix says he would prefer to play and is all the position that he is mostly being recruited at.

"I would prefer to play safety but when I talk to coaches either they tell me they want me to play safety or they want to move me around depending on the situation," Hendrix said. "So I really don't mind playing any position in the secondary."

This offseason Hendrix is planning to work on his overall game with footwork, speed, and knowledge of the game being his main focuses. Hendrix also plans to participate in a number of football camps as well take as many unofficial visits as possible.

Hendrix doesn't have any favorites at this point and will weigh his options before his senior season.

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