Knoxville native gaining interest

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Early May is a prime time for high school prospects to improve their skills during spring practice, but for a couple of Christian Academy of Knoxville prospects there are a few extra eyes watching.

Quarterback Charlie High and offensive tackle Brett Kendrick have been under the watchful eyes of college coaches around the country. Kendrick, especially, has attracted attention from powerhouses such as Tennessee, LSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Kentucky and Georgia Tech.

For the Knoxville, Tenn., native the attention from the Orange & White is a dream come true.

"I am just a huge Tennessee fan," Kendrick said. "I have been one all my life, really ever since I can remember I guess. I have just always loved the Vols. It is awesome and it is a dream come true. All the kids at school are talking about the coaches coming to see me. It is just fun."

Tennessee offensive line coach Sam Pittman is leading the charge in Kendrick's recruitment. And the CAK product has created a strong bond with Pittman already.

"Coach Pittman has been my main recruiter, the offensive line coach," he said. "It has been great. I love coach Pittman and so do my parents. He is a great guy and an even better coach from what I understand. I can't wait to spend some more time with him."

Tennessee offensive line coach Sam Pittman
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Kendrick, who has a busy summer ahead of him with plans of camping with Kentucky, LSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgia Tech, thinks coaches just need to see him in person before offering.

"I really do feel like coaches want to see me in camp and watch me compete against the best defensive linemen they have coming to camp," Kendrick said. "I think they want to see that instead of watching me against guys on my team."

The rising senior offensive tackle has already been on campus for Tennessee's Orange & White spring game.

"It was a lot of fun," Kendrick said. "I got to talk to some of the other recruits who were thinking about going to Tennessee. I got to talk to coach (Derek) Dooley, coach (Jim) Chaney and coach Pittman for a little while. It was a good time."

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder normally plays at 310 pounds, but lost some weight during basketball season. His biggest goal this spring is proving his run blocking skills in a pass-happy offense.

"My biggest goal is working on my run blocking," Kendick said. "With our offense at CAK we throw the ball 60 or 70 percent of the time. They don't really get to see me run block. That has been the main concern. I have been working really hard on that."

Kendrick reports a 3.9 core GPA and scored a 22 on his first attempt at the ACT. Stay tuned for more following the Vols' offensive and defensive line camp on June 2.

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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