Torey Hendrick grew up in South Jersey a typical kid admiring his older brother and his friends. One of the neighborhood guys experienced a great deal of athletic success and went on to an All-American career at Iowa.
"(Shonn Greene) lived down the street from us," Hendrick said. "I followed his career (with the Hawkeyes)."
Greene captured the 2008 Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back in helping the Hawkeyes win the Outback Bowl against South Carolina. He then was drafted by the New York Jets, making South Jersey proud of it's native son.
It's one of the reasons Hendrick appreciated receiving an Iowa scholarship offer last week. And it was delivered by head coach Kirk Ferentz.
"Iowa is a great program," the 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end said. "They have coaching stability. (Ferentz) has been there for 15 years.
"It's a developmental program where they don't get all the four- and five-star recruits. But by the time the recruits leave out of there, they've improved and go to the NFL. Iowa is a great school. Iowa might end up one of my top candidates on my list of five when I get down to it."
Hendrick will play for ASA College, a JUCO in Brooklyn, N.Y. this fall. He said he will have four years to play three at the Division I when he graduates from there next June after spending last year at the Atlanta Sports Academy.
"I really don't favor any of them," Hendrick said. "By the second week of September, I want to have it narrowed down to five (schools) if I get more offers. Once I get it there, those will be the schools I'll take official visits to after the season is over."
Hendrick, who attended Winslow Township High School before the Atlanta Sports Academy, has criteria for what he wants in a college.
"I'd like stability at coach, a team that has a chance of winning a conference championship, a defensive scheme that fits me and a chance to compete when I first get on campus for a starting position," he said. "Normally finding my major at a (four-year) school would be important to me but criminal justice is everywhere. There's not going to be a problem finding it at the school I pick."
Hendrick prefers a certain defensive alignment for his talents.
"I'm listed as a weak-side defensive end but I kind of want to stand up as a 3-4 rush linebacker," he said. "If I have to play weak-side defensive end, I'll play it. But if I had my choice, I'd want to be a rush linebacker."
Location of the college is not a priority for Hendrick.
"I don't have a problem with playing away from home as long as I can get back from there and there are plenty of flights," he said.