After a few swings and misses at quarterback during the first few months of recruiting, Notre Dame has landed a quarterback – Ohio native Andrew Hendrix of Moeller High School.
Hendrix told the Cincinnati Enquirer it was tough to turn down the other schools that offered him, but that Notre Dame was the right place for him.
"It’s definitely been pretty cool to tell everyone you are going to Notre Dame," Hendrix said. "My phone has been ringing off the hook."
Hendrix, who also considered Ohio State, Miami (Fla.) and others said it was honor to consider Ohio State and Notre Dame.
"It was really tough," Hendrix said. "(But) Notre Dame is the right place for me in the end and it’s everything I want in a school athletically, academically and religiously."
After striking out at quarterback last year, it was imperative for Notre Dame to land a top notch quarterback in this class and Hendrix is one of the fastest rising signal callers in the class of 2010. It was also important for the Irish to get a quarterback in this class sooner rather than later after missing out on the likes of Austin Hinder, Jake Heaps, and Nick Montana.
Hendrix fits the mold of a Weis-system quarterback – he’s a traditional dropback passer with a big arm. Hendrix also brings some pretty good mobility and athleticism with him. He’s more mobile than Clausen and might even bit a little bit quicker than Dayne Crist.
While Hendrix fits the mold of a Weis-system quarterback, he plays in a spread offense at Moeller so he will take some adjusting to the offense. Most scouting reports of him, however, suggest that he might have more upside than some of the other quarterbacks the Irish were pursuing.
Here’s some video on Notre Dame’s newest quarterback.
This was a very nice pickup for the Irish for this class. It’s unclear whether or not Weis will look to add a second quarterback to go along with Hendrix. Conventional wisdom heading into this recruiting season pointed towards the Irish bringing in two quarterbacks this year, but without many other viable options at the moment it’s not a sure thing. Luke Massa, teammate of offensive tackle recruit Matt James, will be camping at Notre Dame this summer and could pick up an offer with a strong showing.