The University of Miami, in a certain way, separate themselves through the caliber of talent that geographically surrounds the area. In doing so, it creates a tremendous distance between Miami and everyone else recruiting wise. There’s unmistakable proof that Golden’s recruiting efforts are effective. Golden has reinvigorated Miami’s swagger and talent level all because of his recruiting prowess, even while under sanctions. It’s important to look ahead for future replacement who can evolve. That’s the backbone of any football program. The 2014 class is pretty much wrapped up. The following 2015 and 2016 classes are already being addressed with Golden and company searching effortlessly for the next guy.
Four hours and nineteen minutes away from Miami is undeclared Junior linebacker, Marquis Hendrix, standing 6’1 at 210 pounds out of Trinity Catholic (7-3) in Ocala. The highly – regarded linebacker had an sophomore sensation of a season a year ago – hauling in a stellar 125 tackles. With his junior campaign still actively going he currently sits at 87 tackles so far this season, but it’s safe to say he’ll accumulate around the same amount, if not more - depending on how far they’ll go into the playoffs. Hendrix plays with a patience and instinctive aggressiveness that pops out on film. He never seems to be in a hurry until being in a hurry is called for. Whether it be in the open field or close proximity he’s a proven sure tackler.
Schools recruiting Hendrix: Mississippi State, Miami, South Carolina, University of Central Florida, Auburn, and UGA.
Hendrix spoke openly about his feelings toward Miami and his expectations going forward as far as recruiting is concerned. Right after disclosing his top six as of now. Stating that, “I like the football program at Miami. They have a strong academic program, too. When I went to the UM camp this summer I liked everything about it, but I mostly hear from Mississippi State at this point. I talk to Coach (Geoff) Collins, mostly.”
Tonight is the first round of the playoffs and the Trinity Catholic welcomes Providence (Jacksonville, FL). They too, have a highly – regarded prospect in 6’6 288 pound Senior OL, David Sharpe. It’ll be interesting to see which prospect will come out on top and advance to the next round.
“I feel pretty good. We’re just looking to play aggressive from start to finish. I feel like, if we just play as one whole team then everything will take care of itself,” said Hendrix about the playoff game against Providence tonight.
Current LSU receiver, Kadron Boone, comes from Catholic Trinity as well. Along with Hendrix’s mother, Trinity’s coaching staff, and Boone’s recruiting process experience – Hendrix looks to have a great foundation when it comes time to officially making his intent known. Whenever that might be. Although, Miami hasn’t officially offered Hendrix yet. It’s safe to say he’s on the radar of up and coming prospects to join the list.
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