Hendy Favors Two

It's been a roller-coaster ride of a recruitment for Jeremiah "A.J." Hendy. The Maryland Defensive Back appears ready for the trip to come to a stop as it seems he's favoring two schools.

Graduation and early exits to the NFL Draft have left the Iowa secondary a bit thin. The Hawkeyes targeted talent at the position for the class of 2011 and missed out on some nice prospects.

The pursuit isn't over, however. Iowa sits in good position with Maryland defensive back Jeremiah Hendy.

Hendy said on Wednesday night that he's considering four schools - Maryland, Virginia, Iowa and N.C. State. Two of those institutions stand out as the leaders.

"I'd have to say Iowa and Maryland," the 6-foot-1, 197-pound Hendy said. "They both make a lot of sense. They're good programs and I have a chance at early playing time."

Hendy visited Iowa on Dec. 17 and came away impressed.

"I had a great time," he said. "The people there were all really nice and they love football."

Hendy said that distance from his home will not play a role in his decision. Iowa has players on its team from his area and he's friends with 2011 commitment Nicholas Law.

"I talked to him today," Hendy said. "He's trying to get me to go to Iowa. He's a good recruiter.

"It definitely makes a difference that I know guys that go there."

Hendy plans to announce his decision at halftime of his basketball game on Tuesday. Signing day is Wednesday.

Hendy, who prefers to go by A.J., committed to Maryland originally but reopened his recruitment when the Terrapins fired head coach Ralph Friedgen. They hired Randy Edsall.

"They kept defensive coordinator Don Brown and my position coach, so not much has changed for me," Hendy said. "They're still a possibility."

Hendy describes himself as a playmaker than can change a game. He prefers cornerback but is versatile enough to play safety.

"Iowa said they might have me play both," Hendy said. "I'm Ok with that."


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