2017 In-State WR One To Watch

Sidney Lanier 6-6 WR Tamarea Hendricks hasn't played football since junior high, but that hasn't stopped him from getting plenty of attention this spring.

Montgomery, Ala.--At 6-6, 180 and blessed with the speed to run by defenders, Sidney Lanier class of 2017 wide receiver prospect Tamarea Hendricks remains a secret because he hasn’t played football since the eighth grade, but that won’t be for long.

Back on the field this spring for the Poets and showcasing already good skills at wide receiver, Hendricks said several colleges are already showing him some interest.

“I’m hearing from Mississippi State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette and some smaller schools,” Hendricks said. “I would just enjoy hearing from anyone right now.”

A basketball player for much of his life because of his size, Hendricks is giving football another shot this season and it could lead to big things for him, according to Lanier coach C.J. Harris. With the size and athleticism to become a weapon this season, Hendricks said for him his favorite thing is to show off his speed.

“I like the vert,” Hendricks said of running vertical routes to stretch the field. “That’s what I do the best.”

The fact that Hendricks talked about running the vertical routes is not surprising because the time away from the game has made it a challenge for him to learn the ins and outs of running routes as a wide receiver. He said that’s one of the things he focused on this spring on the field for the Poets.

Surrounding by a young and talented team featuring 2018 quarterback James Foster and fellow sophomore defensive lineman Alfred Thomas, Hendricks said it’s exciting to be part of some good times at Sidney Lanier and he believes it could help him get more attention down the road as well.

“It’s great,” Hendricks said of the attention he’s been getting. “I never thought it would come that fast. People say you really have to work for it, but when you put in the time and work hard it will come eventually.”

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