Charlotte Christian's rising junior Austin Kendall could be one of the state's top quarterbacks in a long time and the recruiting battle lines are forming early.
Of the schools in his home state Kendall has offers from NC State,
Wake Forest and Charlotte. Out of state schools Tennessee and West Virginia have offered too.
The Wolfpack offered Kendall in late August not long after he camped
in Raleigh and he put up huge numbers as a sophomore that helped
drive home that the staff had made the right decision. Kendall
passed for 1,668 yards (111/182) and threw only six interceptions
while finding the endzone 20 times. He showed his wheels too with
over 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
It's been a while since that summer camp at State but Kendall had a
great time there and at a couple of Pack games since.
"They'd seen me throw before at spring ball and told me the offer
was going to come. They just wanted to see me in camp first. They
waited a little longer because I was really young and at the
beginning of our season they came to one of our games.
"Coach Canada does a great job with his quarterbacks. I really like
his offense. I used to do a no huddle but I'm in a pro style now for
offense. I thought I used to do it right. I like the way he runs it.
I like his play calling. I went to two or three games this season
and I've got a real good connection with Coach Canada and Coach
Faulkner. He's my recruiting guy in Charlotte right now."
It can't hurt that teammates Garrett Bradbury and Bo Hines have
signed with State and Hines is already enrolled at the school. The
two of them have given Kendall a lot of information about the
That means his relationship with the Pack goes beyond those contacts
with the coaching staff and it's good to have multiple sources of
information to draw from.
"Coach Doeren is really a family guy and I really like that about
him. He opens up to everybody. He doesn't sit back and act like, "Oh
I'm the head man." He really opened up to me. He told me I was going
to have an offer at camp it's just that I was really young. I really
have a good relationship with Coach Doeren as well. Every time I've
visited I've had a great time."
West Virginia was the last school to offer and Kendall has never
been there. He hasn't been to Wake Forest either. But he has been to
"I liked Tennessee a lot. I like their offensive coordinator and
quarterbacks coach a lot. I have a good relationship with them just
like with NC State's coaches. I definitely have a good connection
with the head coach. He's definitely a family man too. I went to two
games there. Right before the state championship game they came in.
Their tight ends coach is my recruiting guy for this area and I've
got a great relationship with him as well. He told my head coach
that they were going to offer me and my coach relayed that to me."
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