Kendricks' Double

Because the rest of his games will be played strangely on Wednesday nights, Milwaukee Rufus King prep wideout and track star Lance Kendricks (6-4, 205, 4.4) will start his official visits with LSU and Arkansas in the next two weekends.

Lance Kendricks knows it's kind of strange, this thing that Wisconsin has going on late in the football seasons.

That is playing his regular season finale on Wednesday night - he had five catches for 81 yards in a loss - and then all the playoff games he might have being on the same night of the week.

"I guess they just want to get them over earlier in the week so everybody can go hunting," Kendricks said. "It's strange I know, but you just deal with it."

Kendricks (6-4, 205, 4.4) is a top wideout and nationally elite triple jumper from Milwaukee (WI) Rufus King, who has Arkansas, LSU, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and UCLA on his short list while he also has offers from Purdue and Indiana.

Since his games are on Wednesday, he will start his official visits this weekend with a trip to LSU and then will be at Arkansas on Nov. 4-6 when the Razorbacks are hosting South Carolina.

Kendricks, ranked as the second-best player in Wisconsin and the 23rd-best wideout in the nation by, made it clear that his decision will be based on both of his sports.

As well it should since he is a two-time AAU triple jump national champion, who has gone 48-10 and has has run a blazing 22.5 in the 200 meters.

"I'm just going to do my visits and then make a decision on the best situation for both track and football," Kendricks said. "They are both very important to me."

Arkansas has two things that have it competing with LSU, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and UCLA according to Kendricks, who will major in architecture in college.

There's the ultra-successful Razorback track program and the fact that Springdale's Mitch Mustain - the nation's top prep quarterback - is headed to Arkansas.

"Obviously their track program speaks for itself with all the championships they've won and all the people they have sent to to the Olympics," Kendricks said. "As for their football team I know they have had a tough year, win one, lose one, but they are going to have the best quarterback in the country there next year and you want to play with the best."

Oklahoma was only recruiting him in track until the track coach - a former Wisconsin coach - showed the Sooners' football staff a tape.

"Now they are on me and I'm going to go over there and take a look at them, but I don't have that set up yet," Kendricks said. "I know all about Wisconsin, obviously from being there several times and UCLA has been recruiting me since I went to a Nike Camp."

Kendricks and Rufus King High are 6-3 heading into next week's playoffs after losing 26-21 to Riverside on wednesday night.

He has caught 23 passes for 426 yards and 5 touchdowns and rushed 30 times for 148 yards and two more scores while also kicking PATs for his team this year.

That comes after a junior season in which he hauled in 23 passes for 538 yards and 12 touchdowns and returned three interceptions for scores as well.

"We've won our last six in a row (heading into Wednesday night) and have a lot of confidence heading into the playoffs," Kendricks said before the loss. "We've actually been more of a running offense since our quarterback got hurt three or four years ago and we had to bring in a quarterback that was young and short and did a good job, but we just have been running more than throwing."

Kendricks biggest game this season is one in which he caught 7 passes for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"I've certainly got a lot of interest from track programs, but all those coaches know that I am only going to come there if it is on a football scholarship," Kendricks said. "I'm really looking forward to doing both."

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