Anthony Kendrick Still a Wildcat

Kentucky received a big commitment this past summer when tight end Anthony Kendrick made his pledge to the Wildcats. The three-star prospect is still among the top players in UK's 2009 class. KSR spoke with Kevin O'Keefe, head coach of Seven Lakes High School about Kendrick.

The Wildcats struggled at wide receiver, however the group performed well in the bowl game. Now with additional help from guys like Anthony Kendrick, the Wildcats future at receiver and tight end appears to be bright. "He's a big bodied kid. That's what's attractive to the UK staff," said O'Keefe. "He can be a hybrid tight end or slot wide receiver," said O'Keefe.

"He's got size and strength. He's got tremendous leaping ability and good hands. He's made many spectacular catches for us this year. He's not a burner, but he runs great underneath stuff. He's a possession type receiver," said O'Keefe.

Kendrick isn't just a football player, though. He spends a lot of time on the hardwood. Coach O'Keefe believes that when he spends his time focused on basketball, he'll be a great player. "The big thing is that Anthony is a basketball player," said O'Keefe. "He's in the gym and not the weight room or the track. Once he gets focused on one sport and improves his foot speed and quickness, it'll pay dividends. The sky is the limit," O'Keefe continued.

"He runs a 4.6 in the forty, but he's never worked on it. He's never run track and never spent time on speed development because he's on the basketball court."

Kendrick and Seven Lakes (a new high school) struggled to a 3-6 record this season. But Kendrick had a good individual season. He caught 31 passes for 539 yards and eight touchdowns.

So after making such an early commitment to Kentucky, have things changed for Kendrick? "He's rock solid. He had his visit right before the holidays and loved it. He's got a great relationship with coach Thurmond."

Kendrick is also not a native of Katy, Texas. Like many people, he was one of the many victims of one of the biggest natural disasters of our time in the United States. "He's a Katrina victim. He's originally from New Orleans," said O'Keefe.

Kendrick is a three-star wide receiver according to

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