June 8, 2009

Hendrix nearly commits to Irish

Andrew Hendrix summed up his visit to Notre Dame with just one word.

"Fantastic."

Hendrix, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio visited South Bend on Monday. Joined by his parents, Hendrix started the visit by meeting with head coach Charlie Weis.

"It was a little intimidating at first, but when you started talking to him you realized what kind of person he was," Hendrix said. "(He is) a person who was just a good guy wanting what was best for you, whether or not that was ND or not."

Weis' personality wasn't the only part of the meeting that left Hendrix with a positive impression of the Irish.

"He said I would compete for the (starting) job whenever that would be and the best man would win," Hendrix said.

After talking with Weis, Hendrix and his parents checked out campus.

"We visited everywhere, the locker rooms, the weight room, indoor facility," he said. "We talked with academic advisors, the director of athletics, directors of admissions and the actual president of the University, which was amazing because you normally don't get to do that."

As impressed as Hendrix was with the people he met, it was Notre Dame's history that stuck out most.

"The tradition was so rich, that's what stands out," he said.

So much so that Hendrix got the itch to make a verbal commitment to the Irish.

"I really did," he said. "I was blown away. I had to let my head settle down before I make a decision."

Helping Notre Dame's chances is the possibility Hendrix could double as a pitcher for the Irish baseball team. In a game on Sunday, Hendrix hit 92 miles per hour on the radar gun and Notre Dame's pitching coach already has been out to watch him throw.

"After I'm done with the pigskin I'll pick up a baseball just to see if I still got it," Hendrix said. "I might pitch at ND if I go there. They came out to watch me throw and said they liked what they saw."

Despite considering a commitment to the Irish on Monday, Hendrix said a decision won't necessarily come soon. He still plans to visit a couple more schools.

"Miami, Florida and (Ohio State) deserve hard consideration," he said. "I'm not 100-percent on Notre Dame yet; obviously it sounds like I am."

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