Hendricks adds Deacon offer

Wake Forest missed out on talented Texas linebacker Paul Whitmill, who recently committed to TCU, but may have found their next shutdown cornerback while at Austin-area, Bastrop High School. Aneas Hendricks, a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back, just started at Bastrop in January after playing his first three seasons at Del Valle.

"Wake Forest offered me a scholarship two weeks ago," said Aneas Hendricks. "Coach Duffie and Coach Jackson were at the high school. They liked my speed a lot and my size. They thought my body would fill out well over time. They said they liked how I moved fluidly with my hips and ran with the receiver.

"I'm going to try and take a trip over the summer. I like that [Wake Forest] plays in the ACC and faces great competition within the conference like Miami and Florida State. It's a good academic school which is big for me because I'm heavy on academics. You can't play football all your life."

The Deacons are facing early competition for Hendricks from two Texas programs that also offered during the month of May, but he says he's open to continuing his playing career out of state.

"I'm going to go to where I'm most comfortable," Hendricks said. "If that's Wake Forest or another school out of Texas, I'll go there. Texas Tech offered me the first week of May, and Rice offered me the same week as Wake Forest.

"I want to make unofficial visits to all three this summer. I'm getting interest from SMU, New Mexico, TCU, Baylor, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. I'd love to visit all of them, but I'm not the richest guy in the world. If a college wanted me to come and workout for them I'd try to make it up there."

An ankle injury hampered Hendricks' junior season at Del Valle. He played through it, although gimpy, and finished the season. Now at 100-percent, Hendricks had a successful spring practice at Bastrop which culminated in a spring game.

"I'm being treated well here," Hendricks said on his new school. "They're serious about their football. It's a different atmosphere than what I grew up around, but I'm getting adjusted to it. This spring was about learning how to play with the team.

"I'm going to be playing cornerback. I think I play good man-to-man defense. I can come up and jam my man. I'm also good at using my instincts and athleticism when the ball is in the air. I can go up and get it."

May was a big month at Bastrop. Not only did Whitmill commit to TCU and Hendricks received multiple offers, defensive back Antwuan Davis made his commitment to Texas. Hendricks also stayed busy this spring by running in all relay and sprint events for the Bastrop track team.

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