Oct. 27, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini cheerleaders during the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Indiana Hoosiers defeated Illinois Fighting Illini 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Football Recruiting: Illinois Visits Dewayne Hendrix

The Illinois Fighting Illini were just one of three teams to send a coach to visit 2014 strong-side defensive end Dewayne Hedrix on May 7th. Along with the Illini, the Top 5 Illinois recruit was also visited by coaches of the Syracuse Orange and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Hendrix has a 92 rating on 247 Sports and is the 12th best strong-side defensive end in the country. He is also the 167th best recruit in the 247 Sports rankings.

Apr 12, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman before the spring football game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The four-star O’Fallon, Illinois native currently has received offers from the Tennessee Volunteers, California Golden Bears, Florida Gators, Kansas State Wildcats, USC Trojans, Cincinnati Bearcats, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan State Spartans, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Missouri Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northern Illinois Huskies, Ohio State Buckeyes, Ole Miss Rebels, South Florida Bulls, Syracuse Orange, and Vanderbilt Commodores.

Out of all of his offers, the Tennessee Volunteers seem to be at the top of the pack. The 247 Sports Crystal Ball currently has the Vols as a 100% predicted spot to land the 2014 recruit.

Although, Cal, Florida, Kansas State, and Southern Cal are the other four teams right behind Tennessee.

When it comes to all of Hendrix’s skills, 247 Sports has them all at 7 or above, however, his best skill is easily his frame (listed at a 9).

Hendrix stands tall at 6’5″ and weighs 255 pounds. When it comes to this recruit, coaches can teach him how to have a quicker first step or how to pursue the quarterback. The one thing they can’t teach is size and frame and Dewayne Hendrix has plenty of that.

The four-star recruit is currently ranked 4th in the state of Illinois, 12th among strong-side defensive ends, and 167th among 2014 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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