Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian Academy is one of the top football programs in the state of Florida and continues to produce plenty of high-level talent.
Three-time defending state champs, Trinity Christian has had players sign with programs like LSU, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Stanford among others over the last couple of seasons.
"We've been loaded," said senior Kendall Brown, laughing. "The program has put out a lot of Division I players. This was our third straight state championship, and I think we won every game by double-digits. We've been doing some good things."
Brown, like many young players, had to wait for his turn to showcase his talent.
"When I first got there in the 10th grade some guys had offers already and were already starting," he said. "Then I didn't really get my chance until this year... it was my time."
Heading into his senior season, Brown had given a verbal commitment to Appalachian State after camping at the school in the spring. A virtual unknown who hadn't had a chance to put a lot of plays on tape, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder jumped all over it when the Mountaineers offered him a chance to play defensive end.
"That was I think the first offer I had at the time," he said. "I wanted to know I was going somewhere, at worst-case scenario."
His recruitment changed mid-way through his senior season.
"The first four games I was playing just defensive end," Brown stated. "Then our coach said he needed a little help on the offensive line, and I told him no problem. As I played offensive line, I did well and that's when the offers started to come... to play offensive line though, not defensive end.
"It kept me going. It let me know I was being noticed as a player, and it helped me keep working hard throughout the season."
Even Appalachian State started to recruit Brown as an offensive linemen after viewing his senior tape, and despite adding offers from Middle Tennessee State, UCF, East Carolina, Temple, Georgia Southern, and Tulane, he remained committed to the Mountaineers.
"It's a good school, and I have a good relationship with coach Ledford, the offensive line coach," said Brown. "That's my man. We built a good relationship, and throughout the whole recruiting process he was telling me that he thought I'd be a really good player on the next level."
A couple of weeks ago Dwayne Ledford accepted the offensive line coaching job at NC State, and that opened the door for another offer for Brown.
"Coach Ledford told me that the coaching staff at NC State watched my film, and they were really impressed with it," Brown said. "Coach Doeren told me he wished he could have saw it earlier because he would have recruited me before coach Ledford got there so it's a good thing that he did."
Brown added the offer from NC State, and this weekend he will officially visit the Wolfpack.
"I'm pretty fired up," he said. "Coach Ledford is there, it's a Power-Five conference, and I think it's a place where I could be really good at.
"I'm going to look for the fit and the relationship with the players and all the coaches. I want to see how the students are and how much the fanbase cares."
Although he is still technically committed to Appalachian State, it sounds like Brown could be flipping his commitment to NC State.
"Well, [Appalachian State has] been trying to keep me committed, but it's still going to be my decision in the end," he said. "I would say that right now I am probably leaning to NC State. If the visit goes well, I could see myself signing with them next week.
"Coach Ledford has been recruiting me for a long time, and for him to leave schools and still recruit me I think that says a lot. It says he wants to coach me, and he thinks I'm really good. Coach Doeren seems like a really good guy as well... a coach I would like to play for."
The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder was named all-state as a senior, and he is being recruited to play offensive line by the Wolfpack.null