Rutgers Shows Interest in Maryland Athlete

Rutgers recently began recruting a 6-foot-1, 187-pound cornerback/receiver from Bowie (Md.) High. He already holds offers from Maryland, Virginia and Iowa, and is getting interest from several other high profile schools. The player talks about what he wants in a program, what he knows about the Scarlet Knights, and whether Maryland holds the edge because it is the home school.

In the last few weeks Rutgers began recruiting Bowie (Md.) High athlete Jeremiah Hendy, whose highlight tape is starting to make the rounds.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Hendy holds offers from Maryland, Iowa and Virginia, which he picked up last week, and is getting interest from the Scarlet Knights, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon and North Carolina State.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff, nice facilities, a nice environment, academics,'' Hendy said. "Everything everybody else looks for. (Location) doesn't matter, wherever I feel comfortable.''

Hendy attended junior days at Maryland and Virginia. The interest from Rutgers came recently, but could intensify after the staff evaluates his junior highlight film.

"They said they were interested but they needed to see my tape. I sent it out last Saturday,'' Hendy said. "I know they've put a lot of money into their football program. I heard they have a high amount of money in the football program and I hear the facilities are really nice.''

Hendy, who can also return kicks and punts, is being recruited as an athlete by most schools. He plays receiver and cornerback with the Bulldogs, but with his size could find himself at safety in college.

One thing Hendy said he needs to improve is his 40-yard dash time. He recently clocked in at 4.60 seconds at a combine, and acknowledged "I didn't run as well as I thought I should.''

An improvement in his time, or some strong showings at summer camps, could increase his offer list, but schools like his size.

"Schools are mostly recruiting me as an athlete, but some of the schools are talking about defensive back,'' Hendy said. "I never played safety. I just played corner.''

Growing up 15 minutes from Maryland means Hendy has plenty of knowledge about the Terrapins, but he said the proximity of the school wouldn't play a large part in his decision. However, how the Terrapins are recruiting him could be a factor.

"They've shown me a lot of interest,'' he said, "and they act like they really want me.''

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