N.C. wideout talks about walking on for Cats

Kentucky recently added a solid walk-on prospect in the form of Ryan Kendall, a wide receiver from Cuthbertson High School in North Carolina.

Kentucky recently added a solid walk-on prospect in the form of Ryan Kendall, a wide receiver from Cuthbertson High School in North Carolina.

The 2014 wideout says the Wildcats started expressing interest after getting involved with his younger brother's recruitment. UK has a scholarship offer on the table for 2016 quarterback Austin Kendall.

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"(UK offensive coordinator) Neal Brown and (GA) Tyler Sargent both reached out to me after I visited with my younger brother," Kendall said. "The coaches told me they watched my film and liked it. Coach Brown told me how I could fit in the ‘Air Raid' offense and how the team needed depth at the wide receiver position. In fact, he made it clear to me I have an opportunity to make an impact to this team, which I really liked because I've always wanted to play for a big school like Kentucky."

Kentucky struggled with depth at the position throughout spring. Brown indicated that the program is still a class or two away from restocking its depth chart in a manner needed to run the "Air Raid" offense the way he would like.

Kendall (5-10, 170) had drawn interest from a number of programs like Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, UNC-Charlotte, Western Carolina and Wofford. A two-sport athlete, he originally committed to Mercer University to play lacrosse.

"I wasn't recruited heavily in football because I committed to Mercer University for lacrosse after my sophomore year," he said. "However, in the end, I felt football at Kentucky was the best fit for me with what Coach Brown and Coach Sargent told me."

Kendall had more than 5,000 yards in total offense during his career at Cuthbertson. He spent time as a quarterback, running back and receiver over his four years in high school.

Asked if his presence at UK will have any effect on his younger brother, Kendall said: "Of course it raises the chances of him joining me at Kentucky. In high school, we were a good quarterback/receiver tandem and we still work out together all the time."

He added, though, that he doesn't see his brother as part of any type of "package deal." Austin will have to go through his own recruiting process to find the best fit for him, Ryan noted.

"But he does like UK," Ryan said.

The elder Kendall loved his recent visit to Lexington.

"I took a visit to Kentucky this past weekend with my mom," he said. "I loved the visit. I was able to talk to the head man himself, Coach (Mark) Stoops. He told me how much he liked my film and can't wait for me to come play for him. Coach Stoops also said I will fill in the wide receiver depth issue very nicely and will make an impact to this team. My mom loved the visit as well. I will be enrolling at UK on June 12th as the entire team will be enrolled by then."

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