Position switch already paying off for Apopka TE Trey Hendrickson | Video

Apopka senior Trey Hendrickson had a tremendous showing as a tight end at Junior Rank Prodigy Camp in Naples this past week. He impressed camp coaches so much that they pulled him aside Saturday and talked to him about being a candidate for the Semper Fi Junior Rank All-American Bowl in Los Angeles in January,

Then they learned Hendrickson, a defensive player in the past, has little experience at his new position and, so far, no college-scholarship offers.

“They were surprised he was that much under the radar,” said Trey’s father, Collie Hendrickson. “But he had a great camp. It was just a really good experience.”

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Hendrickson started the spring ranked in the top 30 of the Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super60 but fell off when it appeared he might concentrate on lacrosse. Hendrickson, however, rejoined the team and had a solid spring game on defense in the Blue Darters’ rout of Seabreeze.

Now he’s looking forward to joining the offense and hooking up with rising star Zack Darlington, Apopka’s junior quarterback.

“Should be fun,” said Hendrickson, who is back in the Super60 at No. 31. “He’s got a great arm. We just went to a camp, and we were trying his arm out, and it was great. We were connecting on a lot of stuff.”

Hendrickson has been impressive at his new position. He's tough to defend with his size and athleticism, and has good hands. In his first real action as a tight end, Hendrickson took part in the Cam Newton Camp at IMG Academies at the end of June ... and won tight end MVP.

Hendrickson and his dad toured a few schools recently and he liked what he saw in North Carolina during their visit to Chapel Hill, which is where his sister already is enrolled.

"It's a beautiful school," Hendrickson said. "We went up there before I was even getting looked at and it was already giving me that butterfly feeling."

And even before he was getting looked at as a tight end, Western Kentucky stepped in with a scholarship offer after the spring game.

"It was a humbling feeling ... to get your first offer," Hendrickson said. "But I'm looking to expand and get bigger and great things .. hopefully, God willing."


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