Transfer paying off for S Payton Hendrix


Safety Payton Hendrix has only been at Dallas Bishop Dunne a few weeks, but the move has already done wonders for his recruiting process.

Hendrix, who attended Red Oak (Texas) High before transferring this spring, picked up his biggest offer yet on Tuesday from Stanford and now has five total thus far.

The 6-foot-3, 187-pound prospect met with Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason on Tuesday and was excited to add the Rose Bowl champions to his list of options.

“He likes my film and wanted me to know that I have an offer from them but I should stay focused and keep working hard in school,” Hendrix said. “They’re a real big-time program. It’s nice to get that offer.”

That being said, Hendrix isn’t naming any favorite right now. Louisiana Tech has shown the most interest of the schools who have offered, and Colorado, Arkansas State and New Mexico have also offered.

Hendrix is planning to attend the spring game at Oklahoma State this weekend and is hoping to go home with an offer after his time in Stillwater.

His decision to transfer to the private school level should give Bishop Dunne one of the best secondaries in the state. The Falcons also feature ESPN Watch List cornererback Nick Watkins and corner Ronnie Larue. That was definitely a motivation for the move.

“I wanted more opportunities, and they offer a great education,” Hendrix said. “I wanted to better myself. I was getting looks at Red Oak but I didn’t get any offers. When I started going to Bishop Dunne, all my offers started coming. The coaches really worked for me.”

And competing with Watkins, who holds nearly 30 offers, should only make Hendrix better. He said they’ve developed a good relationship in their first few weeks together.

“I love playing with these high-caliber guys,” Hendrix said. “It makes a different atmosphere when you’re playing with guys who are real good. It brings out the competitive nature in me.”