When head coach Chuck Martin announced his 2014 signing class back on Feb. 5, a majority of those new student-athletes were from the state of Ohio, most notably, five additions hailed from southwest Ohio. Two of those student-athletes, Andrew Hendrix and Alex Welch, are looking to make an impact on this program in their final year of college football in front of the “home” crowd.

“I really don’t know what to expect from a Miami game, but at the end of the day it is going to be exciting to play in front of a ‘home’ crowd so to speak,” said Hendrix, a 2010 graduate of Moeller High School. “The people in the stands are from the same area and believe in the same things you generally do. To be able to play in front of that crowd and help this team get back to where it should be is a great feeling.”

Hendrix, along with Welch, joined the RedHawks in January as transfers from Notre Dame. Both are excited to play in front of many friends and family, but also hoping to help Miami return to the top of the Mid-American Conference.

“Obviously a big reason I chose to come to Miami was because it is so close to home, but Miami also has a great tradition and growing up I always watched Miami football on television,” said Welch, a 2010 graduate of Elder High School. “I never imagined I’d be spending my last year here, but I am really excited to be a part of getting this program back where it belongs.”

Having spent the past four years at Notre Dame, family members had a difficult time watching them play in person. That no longer will be an issue.

“I really enjoyed my four years at Notre Dame, but being a Cincinnati guy, Oxford is such a short distance for my family,” said Hendrix. “I am really excited for all of my family members to be able to come to all the games. Just to be able to have so many local people come and support me in person, rather than the far distance, is going to be a great experience for me.”

The short hike from Cincinnati is surely going to benefit the Welch family.

“I’ve got a really big family and they all come to the games,” said Welch. “I have 12 aunts and uncles and 40 cousins and I am sure they will make that trip up for all the games.”

But how will Welch decide which family members get put on the pass list?

“That is a great question,” said Welch. “Maybe mom and dad and I will flip a coin for the other ones.”