Name: Dorian Hendrix
Position: Inside Linebacker
Hometown: Huber Heights, OH
Weight: 225 lbs.
40 time: 4.66
Already enrolled and on campus, Hendrix may already have the inside track to be the heir apparent for Avery Williamson at middle linebacker.
Kentucky’s first commit of the 2014 class may be one of the more underrated prospects. He is a physical, athletic linebacker in the same mold as several of Mark Stoops linebackers from FloridaState.
Slightly undersized at 6’ tall, Hendrix is a tackling machine (86 senior year) who would have had more offers had he not committed so early and been so firm in that commitment.
As it is, Dorian chose the Wildcats over Indiana and Illinois. His primary recruiter was Vince Marrow. Hendrix has earned his stripes as a recruiter himself, forming tight bonds with several Kentucky commits before they chose to be Wildcats, including Mikel Horton, Drew Barker and Thaddeus Snodgrass.
As a an early enrollee who will go through off-season conditioning and spring practice, expect Hendrix to play as a true freshman in some capacity.
He may not win a starting job, although that door is open, but his preparedness coupled with the lack of depth at linebacker is working in his favor for getting playing time in 2014.
In addition, here is Hendrix’s ESPN scouting report:
|Size-Strength-Range||Hendrix has the size for the inside linebacker position at the BCS level of play. His frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time. Flashes upper body playing strength. That as well as his lateral range and overall playing speed show potential but must be improved upon.|
|Instincts/Take On Skills||We see this prospect fill downhill when defending against the inside run, but his ability to consistently get off the mark with explosive key and diagnosis reaction skills must be fine tuned over time. Moves through traffic, flashing quickness to edge but his sideline-to-sideline range needs work. A tough run defender who needs to become a more consistent take-on guy at the point of attack. Gets caught up high at times, and loses leverage.|
|Tackling||Although we see some drag tackling with leaky yardage allowed after contact, this guy is a tough customer who flashes punishing wrap tackling skills when playing in tight spaces.|