JUCO athlete talks about visit

The Crimson Tide is looking to sign at least one more--probably two--wide receivers in this year's class. And as a junior-college prospect, Larry Kendrick could conceivably step right in and start. <br><br>But at this point it remains to be seen where Kendrick will end up.

On the Tuscaloosa campus this weekend for an official visit, Kendrick was given the royal treatment, "wined and dined" and shown every thing Alabama had to offer both academically and sports-wise.

"Things went really good," Kendrick told BamaMag.com in describing his visit. "I had a nice time."

A native of Haines City, Florida, Kendrick originally signed with the Gators out of high school. But when Florida changed coaches, he ultimately decided to move on, enrolling at Pearl River Community College.

Beginning with the 2004 season, he will have two years to play two.

"That was my first time to visit in Tuscaloosa," Kendrick said. "The Alabama campus turned out to be all I expected it to be."

Schools pair up visiting recruits with a returning player, who acts as unofficial host. And efforts are usually made to match them up with someone of similar background and interests. "Antonio Carter was my host," Kendrick said. "He's pretty cool."

Of course Carter is also from Florida (Tallahassee) and plays wide receiver for the Tide.

Kendrick's size has been reported in the 6-0 to 6-1 range, but recruiting databases must depend on what they're told by high school coaches.

"I was measured (this weekend) at 5-11 and 205 pounds," Kendrick said. We spoke with Kendrick in person, and the 5-11 number is legitimate, which is plenty big to compete in the SEC. (Remember that Freddie Milons was no more than 5-10, if that.)

Kendrick spent his one season at Florida at defensive back, but last year he played both receiver and DB for Pearl River.

If Larry Kendrick is looking for early playing time, he can find it at Alabama. But how long can the Tide coaches wait?

"It doesn't matter to me whether I play offense or defense," he said. "I just want to get on the field. I haven't really had a chance to experience (Division 1A) college football yet."

Bama's coaches would probably take his commitment right away and be happy, but they may or may not be able to wait long on his decision. Which of course could turn out to be a problem.

"I'm really not leaning anywhere over any other school," Kendrick said. "I'm just having fun right now."

"I know I won't commit anywhere before I take a few more visits," he continued. "I want to take my other visits first (before committing)."

Alabama was first on his schedule, but Kendrick has at least three (and maybe four) more official visits he wants to take.

"I still plan to take visits to Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Auburn," Kendrick said. "And I may fit in a fifth visit as well. I'm looking at Texas, USC and UCLA for that last visit."

With Bama's 2004 class virtually full--and several other promising wide receiver recruits on the line--it's problematic at best that the Tide will be able to wait until February on Kendrick's decision.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 24 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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