Dewayne Hendrix said a month ago he wanted to hear from Tennessee. Now, the Illinois-based defensive end has not only heard from the Volunteers, he has a scholarship offer under his arm.
After being invited for a junior day in Knoxville on Feb. 16, Hendrix told InsideTennessee that he was "very excited" about being afforded the opportunity to lace up for the Orange & White one day.
"It went fantastic. Everything went good," he said. "Tennessee, they're really up there. They're definitely in my top three. I'm just excited they offered me."
The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder said his uncle Robert Joy, a long-time Big Orange supporter, is going to be quite pleased with the news of the offer.
"He's probably going to go crazy."
The defender lived in Memphis until second grade when he moved to Illinois and then back to Memphis. He says a majority of his life has been in the River City.
Just as nearly every prospect did on that particular Saturday, the defensive end sat down with first-year head coach Butch Jones.
"It was good. It was good. He's a great coach," Hendrix said.
"I can tell he really cares a lot about the team, and he doesn't think I'm just another football player. He cares about my academics too, so I thought that was cool."
Tennessee has been in touch with the O'Fallon (Ill.) High School standout since shortly after the U.S. Army All-American Combine. While on The Hill, he spoke with coordinator John Jancek and the entire defensive staff and got to know rising junior offensive tackle Antonio Richardson.
Facilities like Neyland Stadium and the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center left an impression on Hendrix.
"Oh man, they're wonderful. Then, they're still building stuff too. It was real nice," he said.
Hendrix had a productive junior season at O'Fallon, totaling 65 tackles and four sacks.
He "definitely" plans to return to Rocky Top for another visit either in the spring or fall. He may also go see some other schools but said said he's "really liking (Tennessee) right now."