For the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hendrick, the celebration took place eight days ago when he actually committed.
"Yes, I have committed to Iowa," he said. "I did it (last week) but I released it tonight. I was talking to my dad about whether I should say something (publicly) and then I talked with (Iowa defensive line coach) Eric Johnson, the coach who was recruiting me, and I asked him if it was ok if I released it, and he said, ‘Yeah, it was perfectly fine.' "
He said he kept it quiet after speaking to the Iowa coaches about it, but he wanted to make it public so he could move on and focus on finishing his school work in the spring before enrolling at Iowa in the summer.
"Everybody is blowing up my phone," Hendrick said. "It feels good to be recognized for my accomplishments on the football field."
Hendrick is rated a four-star junior college prospect after making 26 tackles, including 6 ½ sacks, in seven games.
He is yet to visit Iowa, which he doesn't think will happen until June, but he was sold on the Hawkeyes because of is relationship with the staff, and a connection Iowa has with his former school.
"They recruited me the hardest, and they made it known I was a top defensive end prospect," Hendrick said. "I thought as though I could play in the Big Ten and I could change the Big Ten with my pass rushing abilities."
Prior to playing at ASA, Hendrick was at Atco (N.J.) Winslow, which has produced its share of Division I players.
"I don't know much (about Iowa), but I know it's a big fan base," Hendrick said. "One of my former players at Winslow, Shonn Green, went to Iowa and he had a lot of success there."