National Signing Day 2011: A.J. Hendy Re-Commits To Terrapins

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IFebruary 1, 2011

A new coach does not mean a new destination for star corner back A.J. Hendy.

The Bowie High product re-opened his recruitment after the Terrapins unceremoniously dumped coach Ralph Friedgen at the end of the 2010 season. 

Hendy courted with the Virginia Cavaliers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, making official visits and giving hope to both programs that they could pick up a big recruiting coup.

In the end though, Hendy stayed true to his hometown and his gut by staying with Maryland and its new coach Randy Edsall.

The move must come as a minor surprise. Reports had Hendy making a last minute trip to College Park before tonight's announcement. Still, this decision may work out best for both parties.

More importantly, it is a positive sign to Coach Edsall that he can maintain the recruiting class and succeed in keeping the top prospects in the Washington D.C./Maryland area in the district.

Hendy is rated as the eighth best prospect in the state of Maryland according to Rivals. The dynamic player scored seven touchdowns as a wide receiver and picked up three more on special teams last season.

However, his future will be on the defensive end, where he had five interceptions as a corner back. While he will still have to learn the finer art of playing in the defensive backfield, his size and play-making ability are a big addition to the Terrapin roster.

Maryland had the third best rushing defense in the ACC last season, but were tenth in pass defense. Hendy could bring some needed depth and athleticism to the Maryland defense that gave up nearly 230 passing yards per game.

As for Virginia, their dreams of going four-for-four in their big names recruits have already been dashed. Still, Hendy was a last second pipe dream. 

The Cavaliers will still look towards star athlete Dominique Terrell, linebacker Curtis Grant and receiver Darius Jennings as National Signing Day nears.

Will Virginia continue to lose out in the last minute to rival ACC programs?

Will Maryland ride this momentum heading into tomorrow?

Stay tuned.