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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Hendrix impressed with B1G, SEC schools

By Jared Shanker

INDIANAPOLIS -- Linebacker Dorian Hendrix (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) said he does not have any favorites, but that does not mean there aren’t teams making an early impression.

“There’s some schools that I do like but as of right now I’m medium with all of them,” Hendrix said. “I’ve been talking pretty heavy with Kentucky and Illinois and Indiana.”

All three programs have offered Hendrix, who also has scholarships from MAC schools Bowling Green, Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo. Kentucky is one of the latest to offer, and Hendrix has taken two visits to Lexington over the last few weeks.

The 6-foot, 219-pound Hendrix previously made an unofficial visit to Kentucky first. Once the coaches offered, Hendrix made another visit for a junior day.

“It is the SEC and Coach [Mark] Stoops is a good coach, they got a good staff there,” Hendrix said. “I think they’re making strides in the recruitment and this next year I know they’re going to be pretty good.”

Stoops and assistant coach Vince Marrow are Ohio natives and have strong ties to northeast Ohio, but with Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati and southwest Ohio, Kentucky is going after prospects all over the state. Hendrix is from the Dayton area, roughly an hour north of Kentucky.

Hendrix likes that Kentucky is putting an emphasis on recruiting Ohio.

“It’s important. I’m not sure why the past staff didn’t recruit Ohio as much and plenty people have said that,” Hendrix said. “Now that Coach Stoops being from Ohio and some of his staff, they know it’s a lot of talent there. They’re going to hit Ohio pretty hard and I’m excited.”

Indiana is also recruiting southwest Ohio heavily, and Hendrix has kept in close contact with head coach Kevin Wilson and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler.

“They’re a great staff, great facilities and I want to try and get back out for a spring practice and see how that goes,” he said.