Cats offer QB in 2016 class

Austin Kendall received some unexpected good news on Tuesday. The 2016 Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School quarterback added a scholarship offer from Kentucky to go along with one he already held from another SEC program.

Austin Kendall received some unexpected good news on Tuesday.

The 2016 Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School quarterback added a scholarship offer from Kentucky to go along with one he already held from another SEC program, Tennessee.

"I was surprised when I received an offer from Kentucky today," Kendall said. "Their offensive coordinator, Neal Brown, offered me today. I was planning on visiting Kentucky this summer, but I'm actually on my way to see some family in Cincinnati, so I'm going to stop and see Kentucky first.

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"Coach Brown has told me how the offense is fast-pace, which is similar to the offense my high school runs now, so I think I can run the Air Raid offense."

Asked what kind of things he'll be looking for when he visits Lexington, Kendall said: "I'll be looking at the facilities, the academic side, and meeting the coaches."

Kendall sees the Wildcats as a team on the rise.

"Coach Brown has told me the future of Kentucky's football program," he said. "He told me, right now the program is rebuilding with the upcoming season being better than this season and the goal of going to a bowl game. By the time I would come to UK, he said the program will be competing for the SEC title."

Family in the area could give the Cats an assist in its recruitment, but Kendall says he is more concerned with the offensive system that his future college program runs and how it fits his skill set.

As a sophomore, Kendall (6-2, 205) completed 111 of 182 passes (61 percent) for 1,668 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also rushed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns.

"I'm looking at a offense that can fit me, a coaching staff that will actually be there when I'm there," he said. "I'm not going to college just for football, but also to get my degree."

Austin plans to visit Auburn and Georgia soon and will visit Kentucky again for a game sometime in the fall. He also holds offers from Charlotte, Clemson, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and West Virginia, but currently has no favorites or a top-five list.

He hopes to make a decision after his junior year.

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