The Lee's Summit (MO) West Titans were well represented over the weekend during the official visits by Missouri recruits. Besides Logan Cheadle being on his official visit, Titan 2014 OG commit to Mizzou Kevin Pendleton was also on his official visit, and if that were not enough, he was hosted by former LSW Titan Evan Boehm on his trip.
ShowMeMizzou.com talked to Pendleton for his take on the visit.
"It was a great, fun time," said Pendleton. "It's always a great seeing the guys and being in Columbia every time I go up there. Evan (Boehm) was my host, and while we are friends and know each other well, we bonded even more and became even closer. And what was great was that we didn't just hang out with our hosts, but we spent a lot of time with all the other recruits, as well as a lot of players on the team since they all hang out together so much. Logan's (Cheadle) host was Anthony Sherrils, and he was around along with Sean Culkin and Evan's roommate Russell Hansbrough, Jason Reese and just a bunch of guys. They are all like brothers and one big family."
Kevin also enjoyed meeting with Coach Pinkel, along with getting a chance to discuss his future with coaches Josh Henson and Bruce Walker.
"Coach Henson and Coach Walker were great to talk with and find out where they see me fitting in along the offensive line. They said they want me to come in and compete right way from day one. They want me to continue to get stronger, but they said they really like my athleticism and my feet. They said the opportunity was there for me. That was great to hear and makes me want to continue to work hard in the weight room to get ready. I arrive in June and hopefully by the end of the summer will be where I need to be to help the team right away," Pendleton said.
Kevin has lost around 20 pounds since the start of his senior season and is currently has 312 pounds on his six-foot-five frame. He looks in the best shape of his football career and you can see where he is close to being physically ready, but he understands there is still work to do.
"I was around 330-something and knew I had to get in better shape, so I have worked at it. The coaches and Coach Ivey talk about offensive linemen needed to break down their body and then build it back up to where it needs to be for playing at the college level. I already began that process and will keep working to get stronger and do what I need to do to compete early."
With his decision made, and his focus on the future for himself at the forefront, Pendleton is turning into a recruiter himself.
" I spoke with the Blue Springs guys at the Simone Awards, and I am working on Elijah (Lee), Kaleb (Prewett) and Dalvin (Warmack) to try and get them to come to Missouri. They are all great players and it would be great to have a Blue Springs and Lee's Summit West connection at Mizzou. Having played them I know how good they are," he said.
Kevin is also recruiting his from his own team for the future.
"Logan and I are also hoping to get Ryan Williams to join us next year. He is a great player, and he and Logan are close. So, hopefully, that will happen."
Kevin Pendleton has tremendous upside as an offensive lineman. His combination of size,athleticism and explosiveness give him the tools needed to be successful on an SEC level. It is exciting to think about how good he can be once he is in the Tigers strength and conditioning program under Coach Ivey.