Woodson (Washington, D.C.) receiver Edward Hendrix has an offer list of more than 20, and his profile continues to grow. The 6-foot-4, 200 pounder just had Louisville, West Virginia and Rutgers join the fray alongside previous looks from Maryland, Arkansas, UNC, Va Tech, Pitt, Syracuse, Michigan State, NC State, Kentucky, BC, Temple and Wisconsin.
“The recruiting has been going really well,” Hendrix said. “But I’m taking it slowly. I like all the offers I have. Louisville just came in, and I know a lot about the receivers they’ve produced, so that was a big offer. And then I’d say North Carolina and Syracuse are two program I definitely know will be there for me. I’ve just always liked those schools. But no leaders right now. It’s a process.”
Another program that has his initial attention is hometown Maryland. Hendrix has been in College Park, Md., multiple times and was most recently on campus Feb. 4 for the Terps’ first major prospect day.
“I like a lot about Maryland. I’ve seen most of what they have to offer me there already, but what I saw new was the progress on the indoor fields and the [renovated] weight room,” Hendrix said. “Both look really, really nice and caught my eye up there.”
While in town, Hendrix naturally interacted with the staff. He said area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and headman D.J. Durkin all spoke to him extensively.
“Basically, they’re telling me to look at everything fully and make sure I consider everything a school has to offer me,” Hendrix said. “But they want me bad there. They want me to stay home. They want all the local guys to stay home. And I’m considering it, and I think the [hometown movement] is a good idea. It’s something that’s going to be on my mind. Maryland is definitely going to be in my top five when I come out with a list.”
Hendrix has a budding rapport with Beatty and Durkin, but he’s known Abdul-Rahim for years. The Terps’ secondary coach is a D.C. native and has tight ties in the area.
“The relationship I have with Coach Aazaar is an important one,” Hendrix said. “I’ve known him since way before he was at Maryland, since like middle school. It’s like he’s been recruiting me forever (laughs). So we’re close, but I’d also say it’s not like the main thing that would draw me to Maryland. I’m keeping everything open right now.”
Besides UMD, the only school Hendrix has seen this offseason is Temple. He called the President’s Day trip “cool” and talked up the coaching staff.
Next, he’s pining to get to Clemson March 4, although is unsure if the trip will come to fruition. Hendrix claims an offer from the Tigers, but it remains to be seen how hard the CU staff will push.
After Clemson, Hendrix wants to see Pitt, Va Tech, UNC, Michigan State, Syracuse and WVU.
“I’m mainly looking for schools where I fit with the staff, they have great facilities and I like the players,” said Hendrix, who believes Mizzou and TAMU will be next to ante up. “Right now, I like the offers I have. If more come in, great, but I’m not really looking for any in particular.”
Hendrix plans to go through the entire recruiting process. He wants to embark on all five officials before choosing a school next winter.