Coach Greg Vargas said Hendricks made the decision to go with the Eagles after being offered a scholarship while visiting Eastern’s campus this past weekend.
“I think the world of him, and I really think he’s going to be an asset to Eastern Michigan as they work to get that program off the ground,” Vargas said.
A member of the 2013 Lakes Eight first team as both an offensive and defensive lineman, the 6-5, 270-pound Hendricks will play guard for Eastern. He chose the school over offers from Florida Atlantic, the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois and Indiana State.
Hendricks also received attention from the team he grew up rooting for — Michigan State.
“They really wanted him to be a preferred walk-on, but Chris wanted to get a chance to get a scholarship to play,” Vargas said.
With the football recruiting process behind him, Hendricks will now be able to concentrate on going for a state championship in wrestling. The heavyweight is currently ranked No. 2 in Division 2.
On the gridiron, Vargas' and Hendricks' careers are intertwined. The 2012 season was Hendricks’ first at Fruitport after transferring from Mona Shores and Vargas’ first as head coach, after being elevated from his spot as an assistant to take over from Steve Wilson.
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