by Lee Brecheen
August 31, 2011 – Five years ago, I remember watching game tape of Washington Marion, and I noticed a sleeper Athlete by the name of Byron Landor, who was about 5-11, 165 pounds at the time. This kid played RB/DB and WR for the team, and he had moves, great hips, and was quick in the open field. No one recruited this kid hard, and he ended up at Baylor in Waco, Texas, and now Byron is currently in the NFL playing Defensive Back for the New York Jets at a bigger 6-0 tall and 212 pounds.
There’s another kid who I have watched for three years who reminds me of Byron Landor, and his name is Robert Hendrix. Robert is a clone of what Byron Landor did for Washington Marion High School. He also plays RB, WR, DB and returns punts and kickoffs for the team.
Robert is what I call an athletic and hardy player. He’s fast 4.41/40, he’s got great hips, and he’s always around the football making plays because he reads and reacts to the football. Robert will make a really good lock down Cornerback in college. He’s perfect for the position standing 5-11 and weighing an athletic lean 170. Robert is super strong for a kid 170 pounds. He bench presses 245, squats 305, and cleans 285. In the class room he has a 3.2 GPA. I also like that he’s a tough kid, and doesn’t mind taking on bigger players to make tackles.
He doesn’t play on a team that gets a lot of coverage outside of Lake Charles, but he’s a legit player and might end up in the end like Byron Landor, a former Marion player. It only takes one school to give you the right opportunity to reach your potential in college.
Make sure to order the 2011 Louisiana Football Preview Magazine, which is now shipping at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store! The magazine has more in depth coverage on the Washington Marion team and Robert Hendrix.
I hope you enjoy the article written below by Mark Clements.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
RH: My height is 5’11”, my weight is 170 and my forty time is 4.5.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
RH: No, I’m originally from California – Palo Alto.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
RH: The 49ers and Saints. College team has always been LSU.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
RH: I first started playing football since I was young – probably five years old.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
RH: Yes sir, none that played that went to the pros.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
RH: Track and baseball.
LAFM: What position do you play in baseball and what events do you run in track?
RH: I play outfield in baseball and in track I run the 100 and the relays.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions?
RH: Receiver, defensive back and returner.
LAFM: Which position is your strongest and where do you see yourself playing in college?
RH: Safety or corner.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
RH: Ed Reed. When the ball is in the air, he’s always there.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most next year?
RH: My biggest strength as a player is speed and my football smart. The biggest thing I want to work on is help making the team better and all around getting us where we need to be.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
RH: I went to Northwestern and McNeese camp.
LAFM: Which colleges have you heard from?
RH: ULM, ULL, Northwestern and McNeese. Northwestern, McNeese and Southeastern are still recruiting me.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list? Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
RH: None really.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
RH: I’m more of a hands on person so I’ll probably be an electrician.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
RH: Yeah, on the defense we want to have at least 20 interceptions. Last year I led the team in tackles. I had 70-something and this year I want to improve my numbers.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
RH: I really don’t have one, I just like going out and playing the game.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
RH: Probably Barbe and Peabody from last year.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
RH: I haven’t taken the ACT and my GPA is 3.2.