Kendricks to Camp at Cal

Fresno (Calif.) Hoover LB Eric Kendricks earned MVP honors at the Stanford Nike last month. His older brother Mychal earned the same accomplishment two years ago before eventually signing with Cal in 2008. He shows many of the same great attributes his brother, including work ethic. He is hoping it will pay off Sunday at Cal's camp and lead to an offer, just as it did for his brother two years…

Eric Kendricks (6-1, 205) is two-way standout for the Patriots. He led a very young team last year to the second round of the CIF Central Section D2 playoffs before losing to eventual champion Tulare (Calif.) Union. While he plays quarterback, his future at the next level is as an outside linebacker.

His older brother, Mychal, was also a two-way standout at Fresno (Calif.) Hoover two years ago. He signed with Cal in 2008. The younger Kendricks is very similar to his older brother in so many ways.

"Always," Kendricks responded to a question about his work ethic. "My family has good work ethic. [Mychal] says be first in line, show you have leadership, bust your butt, work hard, and everything will follow. And for looking for schools, he says whichever one fits you."

Earning the LB MVP at the Stanford Nike Camp legitimized Kendricks' hard work much like it did for his older brother. However, unlike two years ago, there were no college coaches on hand to witness his accomplishment.

The 2007 spring evaluation period marked the end of an era when college coaches could attend various camps and combines. The NCAA passed legislation to ban coaches from such events starting last year. The elder Kendricks' MVP performance led to seven verbal scholarship offers almost immediately following his camp performance.

The younger Kendricks hasn't seen the same fruits of his labor. However, with his brother in Berkeley, has he put in a good word with the Cal coaching staff?

"It is what it is," said Kendricks. "It doesn't really matter about my brother, it matters how I play, how I perform."

But he hasn't gone completely unnoticed. Hometown Fresno State was the first school to offer him last week. He took an unofficial visit to the campus, which is literally a stone's throw from his high school.

"It felt great. It feels like your loved," Kendricks said of his first offer from the Bulldogs. "I went there [Monday]. Pat Hill is a great guy. It's a nice campus. It was good. I liked it."

Nevada offered him on Sunday – the final day of the spring evaluation period. He says most of the Pac-10 is also looking at him. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, Washington and Washington State have made contact.

"They've told me they're interested," said Kendricks. "They know I'm an athlete. My options are open right now. I'm not being too picky just whatever school fits me."

Now, with the spring evaluation period over, he is concentrating on spring football practice and this weekend, where he will camp at UCLA and Cal on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

"I want to be the best," Kendricks said of his goals for the camps. "Be the best at my position. [Cal and UCLA] seem interested. Basically, this weekend will put everything together because they haven't really seen me yet. I gave Cal my highlight film but not UCLA."

Kendricks says the Cal camp was where his older brother earned his scholarship offer from the Golden Bears. He hopes to do the same. But he says there is always room for improvement. "You can always get stronger," he added. "I can always improve everything. I need to work on my speed, strength, and tackling ability."

Kendricks says his last timed forty was a 4.7. He also may camp at Arizona, Fresno State, and Oregon this summer. Academically, he is a coach's dream. He reports a 3.8 GPA. He scored a 1500 on the SAT.


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