"I thought I would make the team, but I guess God did not have it in the plans for me to make it," added Kendrick Presley.
The Clarion Ledger recently submitted a
report stating that Kendrick, along with Trevor Stigers, were the first alternates
for the Dandy Dozen squad.
"Do I think I am one of the best 12 players
in the state? Yes, but I am going to use this as motivation to go out there this
year and play my hardest and see if I can not change some minds."
task at hand now is to get the Whippets to the championship game, which they have
come ever so close the past two seasons with Presley at quarterback.
think our offense is going to be pretty good although we lost two of our more
productive receivers. I am going to step up my leadership role, and I know our
defense is going to be pretty tough. We really believe we have just as good of
a chance to win it all this year as anyone else in Class 4A. We play West Point
for the first time since I have been here, so we should know where we stand pretty
quickly. First up is N' West Rankin. That is our only focus right now."
as friends and teammates refer him to, has been hard at work this summer getting
himself prepared for that championship run.
"I have literally been
living in the weight room (laugh). I have picked up some speed to. I ran a 4.5
the last time I was timed, but I am a little faster than that. I was benching
around 250 going into the summer, and I have gotten that up to 275. I feel good
going into the season."
Kendrick is a two year starter at quarterback
for Kosciusko, but he might be getting some snaps at other positions.
will probably play a little tailback and wide receiver when I am not at quarterback.
In the 7 on 7 game this summer, I played a lot of receiver. Some colleges are
looking at me for receiver, and some of them are looking at me for safety. I just
want to get in as many reps as I can so I have some experience going to the next
Which 7 on 7 camps did Presley attend this summer?
went to Ole Miss' and Alabama's."
Kendrick enjoyed his Alabama trip
because he was able to get in a lot of reps at receiver.
"I feel like
I had my best camp there because I played mostly receiver there. I had some really
Did Presley have a chance to talk to the Alabama coaches
about his performances on the field?
"No, I talked to them before
it began. They said they were going to be looking at me, but I have not heard
from them since."
No calls or texts from Alabama?
they sent some letters, but that is it."
Is Kendrick disappointed
"I really have not been thinking about it."
did Presley like the most about Alabama during his trip?
just like going up there. I just like their practice facilities, and they have
some real nice buildings on campus."
How did his Ole Miss camp experience
"I liked it too. I talked to Coach Hughes while I was there, and
spoke to Coach Orgeron too. They told me they were going to be watching me every
Friday, and they are ready for me to be a part of their program."
impressed Kendrick the most about Ole Miss during his trip?
have some real nice buildings too. They have good coaches too. Their coaches seem
to be real nice guys who care about their players. It's just different with them
for some reason. They make me feel like I am already apart of their program."
Kendrick's two close friends and former teammates, Terry Levy and Jamariey Atterberry, will be at Ole Miss when Kendrick enters his freshman season. Will
this play a role in his decision?
"That will not have any effect on
my decision if I go up there or not. I am going to go to the school and coaches
I feel the most comfortable around and where I can get the best education."
schools continue to show the most interest in Presley.
"The same four
schools who offered me stay in contact through texts and stuff like that. Ole
Miss, MSU, USM, and Iowa State are all pretty consistent with me."
KP have a time frame for his decision?
"I think I am going to wait
until after the season is over."
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