6’1”, 215 lbs.
Huber Heights, OH
24/7: #25 ILB, #29 in Ohio
Scout: #59 ILB
Chose UK Over: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, and was receiving interest from Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan
Coach Stoops has mentioned multiple times this week during post-practice media interviews that the lack of depth and speed on the team shows, causing the coaches to constantly push them to practice at an uptempo pace. Stoops is taking another step in the right direction, by receiving a verbal commitment from Ohio ILB Dorian Hendrix after Friday’s practice. Hendrix is on campus this weekend taking an unofficial visit with 4-star Ohio WR Thaddeus Snodgrass.
Vince Marrow continues to flourish in the Ohio recruiting scene, with 4 total commits from the coveted recruiting pipeline. Marrow and Hendrix developed a great relationship, making his decision easy, telling Rivals’ Justin Rowland, “It was the staff,” he said. “I’ve just got such a great relationship with those guys. Coach (Vince) Marrow, Coach (Mark) Stoops, Coach (D.J.) Eliot, Coach (Derrick) Ansley … all of those guys. I’ve got a great relationship with all of them.”
Stoops needed to build depth at Linebacker; Hendrix looks to be the first of a few LBs in the 2014 class. For an ILB, he is very fast running a 4.5 40-yard dash, something I am sure is making Stoops smile ear to ear. Hendrix complements his speed with powerful run-stopping ability. He covers the ground well and delivers tough blows, causing you to tense up and feel sorry for the poor bastard that was unlucky enough to get in his way. It goes without saying that he isn’t afraid to ‘stick his nose in there’.
I know a 2014 recruit may not get you stoked for football, but if this Tweet from today’s practice doesn’t get you jacked up, then you need to check for a pulse.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) March 23, 2013
Now that you’re in the football mood, check out Hendrix’s highlight reel here, and follow me @RoushKSR