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Hendrickson commits to FAU

Apopka's Trey Hendrickson commits to the Owls, but he's not sure whether he'll play tight end or defensive end.

Originally published on 1/21/2013

by Chuck King

FAU picked up another commitment on Monday night - this one from a player that has coaches arguing as to whether he will play offense or defense.

Trey Hendrickson, a tight end and defensive end from Apopka, accepted the Owls' scholarship offer because he wants to stay in state.

"It was everything I wanted," Hendrickson said. "I wanted to stay in Florida - somewhere that my dad can come and watch week to week."

Hendrickson visited FAU this past weekend but didn't officially get his scholarship offer until Monday. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder had 19 catches for 500 yards and 7 TDs, including one that went for 78 yards.

He also recorded two sacks in limited action as a defensive end.

At Apopka, the reigning Class 8A state champion, Hendrickson was such a good athlete that he filled in at safety in the spring and New Mexico wanted him to play outside linebacker.

Hendrickson is still not exactly sure what position he'll play at FAU.

"There was a little conflict between the offensive and defensive coordinators about where I would play," Hendrickson said following his visit. "As long as I get on the team, I don't care where I play."

A few years ago Hendrickson expected to be accepting a basketball scholarship. A knee injury suffered as a junior did a lot to sideline those plans.

Hendrickson played defense almost exclusively for his first three years. It wasn't until his senior season was already underway that he returned from the injury and switched to tight end.

He's already cancelled a planned visit to Western Kentucky but might still visit Division I-AA Furman this weekend. If he does visit Furman, Hendrickson says it won't change his mind.
 
"I'm a Florida boy at heart," he said.

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