2008 Intro: Andrew Bodenheimer

CLEMMONS, N.C. --- During his first season as a starter, Andrew Bodenheimer seized the opportunity, posting a breakout junior campaign.

"I played varsity since I was a freshman, but I didn't really do much my first two years," said Bodenheimer. "I started this past year, so I thought it was time to step-up.

"I had a good quarterback that got me the ball, so I just made plays."

As a sophomore backup, Bodenheimer, a wide receiver from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, recorded 27 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns. Last fall, he caught 54 passes for 1,129 yards and ten touchdowns, which was good enough to be named to the All-Conference and All-Area teams.

Also, Bodenheimer played free safety on a situational basis and intercepted one pass.

While he has flown under the recruiting media's radar, plenty of college coaching staffs have inquired about Bodenheimer.

"Andrew is being recruited by every Division I-A and I-AA school in North and South Carolina, and Virginia," said Chip Petree, West Forsyth's head football coach.

North Carolina is among the schools recruiting Bodenheimer the longest.

"They've been on him now for a year and a half, since before his junior year," said Petree. "I'm sure the interest is really going to pickup here in the spring. I'm good friends with Chuck Pagano. When Carolina comes through here this spring, [Bodenheimer is] going to get a good evaluation."

However, East Carolina appears the most likely to extended Bodenheimer his first scholarship offer.

"ECU said they want to sign a big receiver [in this class] and it's down to three prospects – I'm one of those," said Bodenheimer. "They want me to come to their camp. They said if I do well, then they'll probably offer me."

Bodenheimer will include the Pirates' camp within his hectic summer plans.

"I'm going to go to a lot of one-day camps," said Bodenheimer. "I'll probably go to Virginia, N.C. State, [North] Carolina – mostly the ones that are talking to me."

If the camping circuit scores Bodenheimer any scholarship offers, he could be prepared to make a verbal commitment.

"If the summer goes well and I get some offers, then maybe I'll get [my recruitment] out of the way before the season starts," said Bodenheimer.

Bodenheimer is looking for a school that has good academics, and a football program that's on the rise and offers playing time.

Heading into the summer, Bodenheimer is favoring two schools.

"ECU is really big on my mind, because all of my family went there and I've been around that place and I really like the program," said Bodenheimer. "But also I've always been a [North] Carolina fan. So those two [schools] really are my favorites."

He has attended East Carolina's Spring Game and Junior Day. He has also attended South Carolina's Junior Day.

Bodenheimer, who has already excelled against high competition, has a very high ceiling.

"He has tremendous upside," said Petree. "His physical dimensions are great. He's very, very strong – he's a 270-pound bencher, has a 275-pound hang clean. He runs great routes, tremendous possession receiver, and has produced in Big 4A [classification] versus the best competition in the state of North Carolina.

"He just makes plays, he finishes. If the ball's in the air, he's going to come down with it. A lot of guys are going to hop on the clock and run 4.3s and 4.4s, but they're not football players. He's a football player. Get him on campus, get him in the program, he's going to produce."

At the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Jamestown, Bodenheimer checked in at 6-foot-2 and 171 pounds. He led the QB/WR group with 15 repetitions of 185 pounds, and possessed one of the better 20-yard shuttle times– 4.53 seconds, which was ran on a gym surface. He also recorded a 4.70-second 40-yard dash and a 29.6-inch vertical jump.

While most schools are looking at him as a strong, possession receiver, Petree sees Bodenheimer moving closer to the offensive line after some time in a college weight gaining program.

"He could be brought in as maybe a flex tight end," said Petree. "He's going to be huge. He's going to easily be a 215-220 [pound] kid that can do a lot of things. He's a tremendous blocker whether it's from an outside receiver position or and inside receiver positions."

If Bodenheimer gains the proper weight, Petree could see him playing either tight end or h-back in North Carolina's offense.

"Whoever gets him is going to get a steal – there's no doubt in my mind," said Petree.

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