CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Derion Kendrick starred at both receiver and free safety for Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe last season. With that in mind, most recruiters are allowing the four-star 2018 prospect to choose his collegiate position. However, North Carolina assistant coach Gunter Brewer is a bit more greedy than most.
“He just tells me, ‘Freak Show,’” Kendrick said. “He tells me he really doesn’t want me to play defense at all. He wants me in his position group.”
As such, Brewer, who doubles as wide receivers coach and Rock Hill area recruiter, “hid” Kendrick in the wide receiver group when the 6-foot-1, 198-pounder camped at UNC camp last summer.
“At the camp, the coaches were real hyped and all into it,” Kendrick said. “Coach Brewer was really hyped and that helped me get into it myself.”
As a sophomore last season, Kendrick scored touchdowns in nearly every way imaginable – passing, rushing, receiving, and returning. He also made 80 tackles and intercepted three passes on defense.
UNC is among the dozen schools that have offered Kendrick. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee are some of the other schools that have offered.
Clemson and Florida have emerged as co-leaders for Kendrick.
“Florida, I grew up liking them,” Kendrick said. “And both of those teams play fast. And I’ve been tight with their coaches.”
But Kendrick cautions that it’s still very early in his recruitment. He hasn't dropped any school and still has plenty of visits to take.
Besides UNC, Kendrick has visited Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and South Carolina. He hopes to set up trips to Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech within the next year.
Kendrick is unsure if he’ll return to UNC this summer, but he does plan to attend a couple of games in Kenan Stadium this fall.
“I want to see the atmosphere and check out how the fans are,” Kendrick said.