Milwaukee, Wisc. star will trip to LSU

Lance Kendricks of Milwaukee-King may be the best athlete in the state of Wisconsin for 2006 and he is on the verge of setting up his first official visit with LSU being his destination.

Kendricks (6-2, 205, 4.5) is so versatile on the gridiron that he started on both sides of the ball last season. He grabbed a modest 23 passes for 538 yards at receiver but out of those 23 grabs 12 went for touchdowns.

On defense, Mr. Versatile started off at corner, played some safety and then even saw time at outside linebacker. He recorded over 50 stops and picked off five passes with three going all the way back for scores.

Kendricks' skills on the football field are very impressive but what he does in track and field gives you an idea of just how special this young man can be down the road. He holds the second best triple jump mark in the state at more than 49 feet and he runs the 200 meters in 22.5 seconds.

When you combine the size, speed and athletic ability Kendricks possesses it is easy to see why LSU passing game coordinator and receivers coach Todd Monken is hot on his trail.

"Coach Monken called a couple of weeks after the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and offered right then," Kendricks said. "He said they like big wide receivers at LSU and he liked what I could do."

Monken and Kendricks talk frequently now and the two are very close to ironing out the details about an official visit.

"I called him a couple of weeks ago just to see what was up and to talk about setting up an official visit," Kendricks said. "We talked about some possible dates and I told him I'd call back this week or next week to set up that visit. I want to get that one set up first because I want to make sure I go down there for a good game."

LSU is not known for pulling players from Wisconsin so what are the chances of the Tigers landing Kendricks?

"I'm very interested in LSU," he said. "I've never been to Louisiana but I always wanted to go there just to see what LSU was like. I've always heard a lot about the track and football team. It is one of the only schools that has won national championships recently in both sports."

Kendricks said he also has offers from Wisconsin, Purdue and Arkansas but is getting interest from many other schools including Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan State, Notre Dame, UCLA and Maryland to name a few.

The schools that are successful on the field and on the track have the best shot at getting his signature and he has three that are at the top of his list.

"LSU, Wisconsin and Arkansas are my top three," he said.

Many have pegged Wisconsin as the team to beat because the Badgers are so close to home. However, when asked if LSU being so far away would hurt the Tigers' chances he quickly show down that notion.

"To me it really doesn't matter if I stay home or go away," he said. "With LSU, if I'm comfortable when I go there then going away from home really wouldn't bother me."

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