Bowie (MD) cornerback Jeremiah Hendy thought he had recruiting out of the way when he pledged to Maryland last April. Everything seemed set until Terrapin's head coach Ralph Friedgen was fired which led to Hendy opening his recruiting back up. That move resulted in a flood of recruiting interest and new offers from the likes of Virginia, Iowa and NC State.
Standing 6-1, 185 pounds, Hendy has a combine-timed 40 yard dash of 4.4-seconds. This past year he was responsible for 30 tackles and five interceptions- three of which were returned for scores. On offense, Hendy hauled in 33 passes for 592 yards and seven touchdowns. He also chipped in three punt return scores.
Bowie head coach Lionel Macklin told the Baltimore Sun earlier this year that he expected nothing less from his senior leader.
"I wasn't surprised [by his success]," Macklin said. "When he was a junior, you could see the upside. When he was a senior, I knew he was going to make big plays. We threw him a hitch pass that he took 80 yards at Flowers, and that was when you knew he was a big-time player. He just took it down the sideline. And I thought that was a next-level play."
NC State threw their hat in the ring in the Hendy sweepstakes when he opened up his recruiting in December. They were able to host him on an official visit this past weekend and the Wolfpack made a good showing.
"It was my first visit to State," said Hendy. "It really seems like they're trying to take their program to the next level. It seems like they're recruiting a couple of needs right now that can help take them to the ACC championship level. Earl Wolff and Dontae Johnson hosted me on my visit.
"Coach Willis is recruiting me. We have a good relationship. It's one where, he shoots straight with me and I shoot straight with him. He's trying to let me know what's going on and I feel that he's straight forward.
"Just like every school, State is selling me early playing time. I feel like that's a possibility. It's wide open in their defensive backfield."
A final decision on his future college could still be a few weeks off as Hendy has trips planned to Virginia next weekend and UCLA the weekend after that. He told Pack Pride that he still hasn't ruled out Maryland, either.
"I was committed to Maryland for awhile. As of right now, I wouldn't rule Maryland out but I'm really back open with my recruitment. I'm open to everything right now and just weighing all my options."
So with just a few weeks to go before signing day, have any favorites emerged?
"As of right now it's probably Iowa, Virginia and NC State," said Hendy. "They're all pretty even."
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