Illinois DE to visit Florida

O’Fallon (Ill.) High defensive end Dewayne Hendrix was set to visit Florida for Friday Night Lights in July before plans fell through.

The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Hendrix is now scheduled to visit Florida for an official visit.

“I’m going to take my official visit to Florida for the Arkansas game,” Hendrix said. “I’m looking forward to the visit and seeing how Florida operates things. I want to see the facilities and meet the coaches to see how the atmosphere is for a game day.”

The Illinois native has a number of colleges calling him, but he says he keeps in close contact with two of the Gator coaches in particular.

“I talk to Florida pretty regularly,” Hendrix said. “ I talk to coach (Brad) Lawing and coach (Will) Muschamp the most. They just tell me that they want to make me a Gator and that I could fit into the defense nicely. They said  I could be a stand up defensive end or a rush end in their defense.”

Hendrix says besides visiting Florida this fall, he will also take official visits to Tennessee and USC. His Tennessee visit will most likely take place for the Georgia game.

Tennessee has long been considered the favorite to land Hendrix, but he now says he has co-leaders for his recruitment.

“Florida and Tennessee  are co-leaders,” Hendrix said. “I’m planning on making my decision on National Signing Day and I will choose the school that shows me they care and need me the most.”

Hendrix says that despite visiting Florida for the Arkansas game, he could potentially make a second trip down to Florida.

“I plan on taking two visits to Florida before I decide,” Hendrix said. “One will be an official and the other will be an unofficial visit.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.


  1. Great news to hear that UF has pulled into co-leader spot! I live down the street from O Fallon HS (less than a mile) and some of the players were out a couple of weeks ago selling “coupon saving cards” (the cards where you can dine in at local restaurants etc and get discounts. I mentioned that UF was interested and they two of the players stated that Tennessee was leading at that point. Great to see he wants to take two visits to UF. I plan on visiting a few home games with my kids rocking UF gear….hopefully HE will SEE the sign to come to the “Good Guys”