Hendrick Arrival Again Delayed

Torey Hendrick's recruitment has come with twists and turns. And just when he thought things were straightened out, the JUCO defensive end hit another bump in the road. The Iowa verbal commitment spoke with Hawkeye Insider about the latest.

Torey Hendrick's journey to Division I football continues. The junior college defensive end will not be at Iowa until August, at the earliest.

Hendrick told Hawkeye Insider on Wednesday that he must pass a three-credit, on-line math course this summer before he's eligible to enroll at Iowa. His most recent plan was to officially visit Iowa City in early June, sign up for summer school and workout with the team in preparation for the 2014 season.

Now, provided he earns the three math credits, Hendrick will officially visit, sign his letter of intent and enroll at Iowa all at the same time at the beginning of August. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y. hopes to remain on campus at that point and begin training camp with the Hawkeyes.

" I won't play this season because of the credit situation," Hendrick said.

Hendrick said he will red shirt in '14 and then have three years of eligibility remaining.

"On a positive, It will give me a chance to get acclimated to the environment. I need to get bigger and stronger. I can learn the defensive system," Hendrick said.

The Southern New Jersey native had scheduled an official visit to Iowa for Dec. 13. The trip was canceled when Hendrick learned he was short the credit hours the NCAA required for him to take it.

"It's been stressful," Hendrick said of his multiple setbacks. "But I can't worry about what I can't control. I have to take care of what I can control, which is continuing to get my grades and do the things they tell me are necessary to be eligible."

Hendrick said it will be hard to sit out the '14 season after envisioning himself coming in and helping the Hawkeyes as an athletic pass rusher.

"On a positive, It will give me a chance to get acclimated to the environment. I need to get bigger and stronger. I can learn the defensive system," he said.

Eric Johnson led Iowa's recruitment of Hendrick before leaving the program last month. Jim Reid has stepped in for him.

Hendrick, who expects to major in Criminal Justice at Iowa, feels fortunate that the Hawkeyes have hung with him through the many turns in his recruiting process.

It's really great for me and my family. When a team sticks with you though this, it shows that they really want you. For me, there really is no other choice but to stick with them as we go through some hard times," he said.

Scout.com ranked Hendrick as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale. He was reporting scholarship offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, NC State, Rutgers, Troy and West Virginia.


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