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Recruiting on the South Plains | Bishop Dunne Safety Payton Hendrix Commits to Texas Tech

In a bit of a surprise, Bishop Dunne safety Payton Hendrix has committed to Texas Tech, giving the Red Raiders eight defensive backs in the 2014 class.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

PLAYER: Payton Hendrix

HEIGHT: 6'3"
FORTY: 4.50
HIGH SCHOOL: Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 79 | 24/7 Sports 85
VTM PROFILE DATE: December 27, 2013

OFFERS | Arizona St., Arkansas, Arkansas St., Baylor, Iowa, Kansas St., Louisiana Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Texas, Notre Dame, Purdue, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, Utah, Wake Forest, and Washington.

STATS | Nothing current, although I did find some stats from 2012, but I’m guessing that these aren’t all that relevant (86 tackles as a junior).

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Per RRS, Hendrix liked the coaches and the depth situation at safety:

"They did pretty good in their first year with the new coaching staff, have a pretty good recruiting class, and I just feel like Texas Tech is going to have a great opportunity to win championships and things like that."

"Their safety depth is not too deep, and I was talking to Coach Haverty, and it looks like I have a great opportunity to walk in and play early. It's just a good fit for me and things like that."

There are quite a few more quotes there, so go check it out.

Also, kinda fun or interesting is an interview that Hendrix did with his high school paper, which is Catholic and might have been pushing the Notre Dame angle as one of his teachers was the Leprechaun. Glad Hendrix ended up choosing Texas Tech.

SCOUTING REPORT | Hendrix is already physically mature and at 6-3/190, he has room to grow. That’s a bit scary. Hendrix is way ahead of his counterparts at the high school level. Hendrix is great in space, keeps the ball in front of him. Already has pretty darned good footwork. Hendrix is a hard-hitter, but it’s the range that’s the most impressive. Hendrix’s best attribute is to cover a ton of ground and he just eats up yards across the field so easily. For a free safety, this is obviously the most important attribute, to be able to make up space.

This is really quite a luxury for Texas Tech, an unexpected and really great luxury. I honestly didn’t have Hendrix on my radar, was for sure thinking that he would end up at Notre Dame, but this is really just a fantastic get for Texas Tech.

Payton, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class | Texas Tech is at 25 commits for the 2013 class, although I think there may be something to some of these players counting towards the 2013 class. I'm expecting a few more commits for some reason.

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) April 24, 2013
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/175 Steele (Cibolo, TX) January 21, 2013
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179 Dekaney (Spring, TX) April 18, 2013
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/185 Princeton (Princeton, TX) August 13, 2012
Cameron Batson IR 5-9/165 Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK) April 23, 2013
Ian Sadler WR 5-11/192 Argyle (Argyle, TX) April 25, 2013
Byron Daniels WR 6-0/170 Madison (San Antonio, TX) May 8, 2013
Devin Lauderdale WR 5-11/170 Navarro College (Corsicana, TX) December 28, 2013
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245 Douglass (Oklahoma City, OK) June 4, 2013
Justin Murphy OL 6-8/275 Belton (Belton, TX) June 10, 2013
Robert Castaneda OL 6-5/315 Round Rock (Round Rock, TX) June 10, 2013
Dontae Levingston OL 6-5/285 Santa Monica C.C. (Santa Monica, CA) December 22, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
Keland McElrath DT 6-5/290 Coahoma C.C. (Clarksdale, MS) September 25, 2013
Marcus Smith DT 6-3/305 Highland C.C. (Highland, KS) December 15, 2013
Dakota Allen LB 6-2/225 Summer Creek (Humble, TX) August 17, 2013
Tevin Madison CB 5-10/160 Fayette County (Fayette, AL) April 26, 2013
Derrick Dixon S 5-9/187 Skyline (Dallas, TX) June 19, 2013
Joseph Clark DB 5-9/180 Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) July 28, 2013
Jah’Shawn Johnson DB 5-10/172 Ennis (Ennis, TX) August 13, 2013
Connor Wilson S 6-2/205 Argyle (Argyle, TX) September 18, 2013
Jamarcus Howard CB 5-11/190 Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, KS) November 4, 2013
Josh Keys DB 6-2/190 Miss. Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkinston, MS) December 15, 2013
Payton Hendrix S 6-3/190 Bishop Dunne (Dallas, TX) December 27, 2013