Vols getting visit from Iowa lineman

A new face may be out on the practice field at the beginning of fall camp at the University of Tennessee. InsideTennessee.com has confirmed that Iowa Western Community College offensive lineman Dallas Hendrikson will indeed be in Knoxville on Thursday for an unofficial visit. Go "Inside" for the latest on the possible newest Vol.

A new face may be out on the practice field at the beginning of fall camp at the University of Tennessee.

InsideTennessee.com has confirmed that Iowa Western Community College offensive lineman Dallas Hendrikson will indeed be in Knoxville on Thursday for an unofficial visit.

"Dallas is a great center," Head Coach Scott Strohmeir told InsideTennessee. "He is a really smart kid and has the head for the game. He is a great center."

Derek Dooley and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph recruited at Iowa Western last year while at Louisiana Tech and remembered seeing film on another young lineman.

"They called and found out that he was a qualifier out of high school," Strohmeir said. "Once they found that out and watched his film, they set up the visit."

Was the talented Iowa native surprised by what has transpired the last few days?

"When I told them Tennessee wanted him to come down for a visit his eyes lit up," Strohmeir said. "If Tennessee offers him, I'm sure he will sign with them and play football for them this fall. Their coaching staff is telling me that they are in need of help at the center position."

Hendrikson will have four years to play three years for the Volunteers.

"It will be bittersweet for us," Strohmeir said. "But I told him to do the best thing for him. It will be a little different running out in front of 108,000 Tennessee fans than it is here in Iowa."

Other schools have shown interest in Hendrikson, including Iowa and Iowa State.

"A few schools are a little shy about his height," the coach said. "He is a hard-nosed kid that has a great work ethic; he can definitely be a great center at the next level."

According to his coach, Hendrikson is 6-foot-1, 300-pounds and is a native of St. Ansgar, Iowa. He was also a four-sport athlete at the Iowa high school ranks.

"He is very athletic for a big guy," Strohmeir said. "He played basketball on the high school level."


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