Torey Hendrick could be excused for running out of patience. The road is long.
Expected to finish his final junior college math class and be at Iowa to start training camp on Monday, the defensive end from New Jersey still is in a holding pattern. If all goes as planned, he might be with the Hawkeyes by the end of next week, perhaps the week after that.
"It's tough. I wish I could get out there and not have to be missing camp right now. But I first have to get into the school before I can worry about football," Hendrick said.
Hendrick is finishing up an on-line math class this week, he said. From there, the results have to be sent to ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y. That institution then would issue him an associates degree and send paperwork to Iowa for the Big Ten school to begin the academic acceptance process.
"I think that could all happen in a couple of days so I could be there late next week or shortly after that," Hendrick said. "At that point, I would take an official visit, sign my letter (of intent), join the team and start classes."
It all hinges on Hendrick passing the math class.
"I think I'm doing pretty decent," he said of the subject.
It's already been determined that Hendrick will red shirt this fall if he makes it to Iowa. He'd then would have three years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound pass rusher is ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com. The only other player rated that high in Iowa's '14 Class is Markel Smith, who failed to qualify academically and is headed to prep school.