Hendrix Wants to Lead

2014 Texas Tech signee Payton Hendrix, rated as a four-star safety prospect out of Dallas Bishop Dunne, was expected to be among many of his class to report to Lubbock this weekend. RaiderPower.com caught up with Hendrix recently for an interview.

Texas Tech signee Payton Hendrix has massive plans in store, both for him and the Texas Tech football program.

Hendrix, who was expected to be in Lubbock on Saturday and report with many of his teammates on Sunday, spoke glowingly about growing with the program, becoming a leader and hopefully competing for the national championship – all fantastic goals in thought.

"I want to be a leader," he said, setting the tone for the interview.

Hendrix, a track athlete and standout safety while at Dallas Bishop Dunne, said he kept busy football-wise with "DB drills", used to sharpen his skills in the secondary. A four-star recruit standing at a sturdy 6-foot-2, Hendrix possesses a frame which Tech has been yearning for in its defensive backs.

"I roam the field in the free safety spot…I want to make plays and really be a leader in the secondary," he said.

Hendrix's other goals are pretty clear-cut.

"I want to maintain a 3.0 GPA, or higher," he said. "[Also] great individual stats. All-American. Be a finalist for awards. Great team player, great teammate. Compete for the Big 12 championship and – hopefully compete for the national championship."

Hendrix, the top-rated signee of Tech's 2014 class according to Scout, chose the Red Raiders over a host of competitors such as Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington.

Under Kliff Kingsbury's guidance Texas Tech has taken a major step up in prominence and been injected with "swagger," competing on the recruiting trail for top prospects on both sides of the football in the classes of 2014 and 2015. Part of that aura is bringing in talented players, such as Hendrix, who not only have the skill set to work within the team, but to star on a defense which many have longed to get better.

Recently, former five-star recruit Mike Mitchell transferred from Ohio State to Tech, not to mention the commitment of Breiden Fehoko, rated as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation.

So much for an offense-first school, right?

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