KNOXVILLE – Tennessee’s on-the-field effort wasn’t great at Alabama on Saturday, but 24 hours later the Vols got great news on the recruiting front with the addition of consensus four-star defensive end Dewayne Hendrix.

Hendrix is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end from O’Fallon, Ill., who has long favored the Vols and who finally made his pledge on Saturday, choosing the Vols over offers from Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Nebraska and many others.

“Has the height and some outstanding athleticism for the defensive end position at the BCS level,” wrote in scouting report of Hendrix. “Sturdy frame appears capable of supporting the added bulk needed to play defensive end. An explosive player with the upper-body strength and hand quickness needed to take on and defeat blockers at the point.”


Hendrix is the fourth defensive lineman to commit to UT’s class of 2014, joining defensive end Joe Henderson, junior college prospect DaVonte Lambert and Derek Barnett. Hendrix is the 28th commitment in a class that is expected to have 30 signees.


Dewayne Hendrix film (via 247SportsStudio)