2016 Target: Austin Kendall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Austin Kendall, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback from Charlotte Christian School, has collected a handful of scholarship offers and significant interest from North Carolina.

Scouting Report

"I think he has the ability to make any throw on the field," Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "He has the ability to play under center or in the gun, so he's very versatile. In our offense, he can move the pocket. He does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield when the pocket does break down.

"The one thing I will say is that he runs a lot better than people think. Once the pocket does breakdown, he has the ability to move the sticks for us [with his legs]. He had to work really hard on getting out of bounds or sliding last year, because he's a lacrosse guy so he likes the physical side of the game. So he'll try to run somebody over."

Prep Career

As a freshman at Waxhaw Cuthbertson, Kendall saw action in nine games passing for 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, while rushing for over 200 yards and a score. He transferred to Christian during the subsequent summer.

Despite missing parts of two games with a minor shoulder injury, Kendall completed 61-percent of his passes for 1,668 yards and 20 touchdowns with six interceptions, and helped Christian go undefeated and win the NCISAA 11-man Division III Title. He also rushed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Recruitment

Kendall has already received scholarship offers from Charlotte, NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. He's also receiving significant interest from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, and UCLA.

Gunter Brewer, who recruits the greater Charlotte area for UNC, communicates with Kendall weekly. During the Winter Evaluation Period, Brewer escorted Seth Littrell to Christian shortly after he was named UNC's offensive coordinator.

"[Brewer] wants me to come for a visit," Kendall said. "He wanted me to come March 1, but I had already scheduled a trip to Tennessee. So he just wants me to come to a practice to be able to meet the other coaches – the offensive coordinator [Littrell] and the quarterbacks coach [Keith Heckendorf] – and establish a relationship and see what we'll do from there [regarding an offer]."

Kendall camped at UNC last summer, but he obviously worked out under former quarterback coach Blake Anderson. Brewer has said that Heckendorf will make an evaluation visit to Christian in the spring.

In addition to UNC, Kendall has visited Auburn, Charlotte, Clemson, Georgia, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. Like UNC, Kendall plans to return to Clemson for a spring practice. He's also is eyeing a return trip to Auburn.

Kendall says that all five schools that have offered him are sticking out, plus Clemson, UNC, and UCLA.

"It's definitely the coaches [of those eight schools]," Kendall said. "I've been able to establish a relationship with all the head coaches and the quarterback coach. With NC State and Tennessee, their head coaches are like family men and when I'm up there they treat me well. I like [each favorites'] atmosphere and all their facilities."

Extra Notes

Kendall is close with former teammates Garrett Bradberry (NC State), Jeb Blazevich (Georgia), and Bo Hines (NC State). Each signed with their respective schools this past February and are recruiting Kendall. Kendall says he plans on leaning on all three as he navigates his recruitment… Kendall is also being recruited for lacrosse, but plans to focus on football in college… Kendall's father walked onto Georgia's football team. He grew up a Bulldogs and Ohio State fan… The majority of Kendall's father's side of the family reside in Ohio.

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