'The most exciting moment of my life'

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When Tennessee gets prospects on campus it is always a big-time advantage for Derek Dooley and his coaching staff, but it is almost a guarantee when the prospect is a Knoxville, Tenn., native.

That was exactly the case when Christian Academy of Knoxville prospect Brett Kendrick had his wildest dreams realized Saturday afternoon at Tennessee's offensive/defensive line camp.

"This is definitely the most exciting moment of my life," Kendrick told InsideTennessee fresh off of Shields-Watkins Field. "My mom was over there crying. I was speechless when I got the offer and I just couldn't believe it was happening. I love Tennessee and I am just so excited to know I am going to be apart of this program."

Kendrick, who gave his pledge Saturday, makes the ninth commitment for the Vols in the 2013 class and the second this week after junior college wide receiver Kris Comas told InsideTennessee he would be a Volunteer on Friday afternoon.

Kendrick, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder, showed the Tennessee coaches all they needed to see to make an offer to the hometown kid.

"I got here this morning and got to talk to coach (Jim) Chaney and coach (Sam) Pittman for a little bit," he said. "They just wanted to see me get out there, hustle and compete with the other defensive linemen. They were all over me during the first part of camp.

"We went to one-on-ones and I got beat a couple times, but apparently the main thing they were looking for was how I responded to everything. They wanted to see me compete with the players out here that are probably going to play at SEC schools."

Given that Kendrick committed during the middle of camp, once he checked his phone he knew the word was out.

"I got about 32 text messages since I have been here and probably 100 or more Facebook and Twitter messages," he said. "I have to go talk to everyone about everything today. It is going to be crazy."

The life-long Tennessee fan tried to keep a level head throughout the day despite receiving of the most exciting of his life.

"I feel like I did really well," Kendrick said. "I didn't let anything go to my head when I got beat I didn't let that go to my head and the same when I got the win. I just kept on trying to do what I do and I got my offer."

Kendrick was also offered by Arkansas State and reports a 3.9 grade point average and scored a 22 on his first attempt at the ACT. He joins Cleveland, Tenn., native Austin Sanders as the second offensive line commitment in the 2013 class and the fourth from the Volunteer state.

Stay tuned for more recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. 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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