North Carolina Athlete Has Duke Offer

One of Eastern NC's top prospects will decide between two sports and several offers.

When college coaching staffs recruit Kendrick Burney of Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow not only will they compete against other coaching staffs, but they might have to fight off major league baseball.

"I guess I'm a good baseball player," said Burney. "They say I might get drafted, but I'm just going to worry about that when it comes.

"Baseball is my first love; I grew up with it all my life. Most colleges want me to try out both sports in my first year and see how I do."

Burney's scholarship count still stands at three schools, but the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete feels more offers are on the way in the near future.

"I've been in the baseball season so I've been only receiving baseball offers right now," said Burney. "ECU is the most recent big time school to offer. I also have offers from [North] Carolina, Duke and I think N.C. State is going to offer sometime in the upcoming weeks. Virginia is real heavy, and South Carolina and Virginia Tech are interested."

A jack-of-all-trades, Burney mans the quarterback and defensive back positions for Southwest Onslow, while also returning kicks and punts. Last season, Burney posted 23 all-purpose touchdowns and 1,975 all-purpose yards. From his defensive back position, Burney picked off five passes and deflected seven others.

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