Hawks Evaluating Mends

Aaron Mends in part of a three-back attack at Winnetonka High. The KC area standout is looking to break out of the pack on the recruiting trail. He talks about his process in this update.

Aaron Mends is well known in Kansas City. The Winnetonka High running back is trying to make a name for himself outside of the area.

"I feel like I just need more exposure," Mends said. "I just need to be seen at these camps this summer. I feel like once they see what I can do, I will get attention. I'm not sure what's going on right now, but I think it will pick up."

Mends awaits his first scholarship offer. Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Southern Illinois and other FCS schools are showing him interest, he said.

"Illinois stays in consistent contact with me," the 6-foot, 200-pound Mends said. "I email back and forth with them. I feel like they might offer me soon."

The Hawkeyes are in the process of evaluating Mends, he said.

"Iowa came to my school for a visit," Mends said. "They wanted to eyeball me. I talked to LeVar Woods.

"He said that they liked my numbers and that they're breaking down the film of me. My coach sent them a few of my tapes. I think I might make it down there for a camp or a visit. I'd like to meet the head coach."

Mends is scheduled to attend a Kansas City area camp sponsored by the Chiefs and a Nike combine this summer. He's also considering team camps to improve his stock.

Mends said he has not run a 40-yard dash recently. He was last clocked in the sprint at 4.55 seconds.

"We play a three-running-back set," Mends said. "I get a lot of the reps but the ball is spread around. My coach says I'm a really good pass blocker. I am a good receiver, too.

"In the three-back set, I'm the tailback. I'm the one that runs up the middle. I get tosses on sweeps."

Winnetonka also employs Mends as an outside linebacker.

"I want to play running back (n college), but I'm a good linebacker, too," he said.

Mends, who wants to be a pre-dental major, has some desires when it comes to his school of choice.

"I kind of want to stay close to Missouri depending on the offers I get," he said. "I don't want to go too far away where my family can't see me play. I want a place that can help me get to the next level."

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