Preston Hendry, the 6-foot-5 defensive end from Orange Coast College signed his letter of intent today to play for Washington State. As one of the top junior college prospects, he announced in November that he would be continuing his football career in Pullman.
After converting from a receiver to a strong side defensive end his senior year of high school, Hendry found himself at Orange Coast. In his freshman year he had 53 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks. This past season he finished with 17 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks in 8 games.
ESPN has him listed as the 45th best JUCO prospect in their top-50 list while 247Sports has him as their 11th best strong side defensive end JUCO prospect.
Hendry chose Washington State over offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado State, Iowa State, San Diego State, Syracuse among many others.
Hendry does better rushing the passer with speed to the outside, rather than fight inside or use a bull rush. Very patient and smart defender. Best attribute is his ability to read a play at the line. Hand fights blockers well at the line of scrimmage until making a read on the play. Never gives up on a play. While not the type of DL that is shot out of a cannon at the snap, Hendry has above average speed for his position, often shown chasing down ball-carriers from behind that got past linebackers. Could slide into the RUSH position depth chart with modest strength gains this off-season, his style of play is a huge asset against zone-read offenses.
- Brian Anderson
ESPN - ★★★
Rivals - ★★★
247 Sports - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
Position - DE
School - Orange Coast College
Height - 6'5"
Weight - 240 lbs