Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Payton Hendrix Spurns Irish, Selects Tech

Nov 23, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame marching band member Mike Buche bundles up against the cold weather during the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the BYU Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Dallas Bishop Dunne Safety Payton Hendrix selected Texas Tech over Notre Dame and others.

The 4-star Safety had nearly 20 scholarships including Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington.

Hendrix was considered a Notre Dame lean since his visit to Notre Dame in October. Today’s commitment comes as somewhat of a surprise to those who follow Notre Dame recruiting.

Another reason why Hendrix was considered an Irish lean was that his teammate Dallas Bishop Dunne Cornerback Nick Watkins committed to Notre Dame on November 1st of this year.

Notre Dame is still in an excellent situation at the Safety position. In 2014, the Irish will have 8 scholarship safeties if Drue Tranquill starts at that position and Austin Collinsworth returns for a 5th year. Either of these could change.

Despite a lack of production at either Safety spot, Notre Dame should have an excellent two-deep, even three-deep in 2014. Collinsworth, Hardy, Farley, Shumate, Baratti and Redfield all return next. Two solid players should emerge from that group.

Losing an recruiting hurts. Titles are not won with 22 players. They are won with depth. It is important for Notre Dame to get to 85 scholarships in 2014 and beyond.

Topics: Football, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Recruiting

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  • Dave Nantz

    What a life altering mistake this is. Too funny. He will understand when he looks for a job.

    • Chris

      That isn’t very Christian of you!