Kendrick: Life after commitment

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It has been just over a month since Christian Academy of Knoxville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Brett Kendrick gave his pledge to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Ever since it has been a whirlwind of interviews and recognition for the hometown kid, which has been an absolute blast every step of the way.

"It has been awesome," Kendrick told InsideTennessee. "All the interviews and everything like that. I know that's hard to believe, a 17-year-old kid enjoying attention.

"It has been really great and even when I go out of town people say, ‘You know you are really big. Are you going to play in college?' It is just awesome to be able to tell them that I can play at a great program like Tennessee."

Kendrick, who has added five pounds of muscle this offseason, measures in a 6-feet-5, 295 pounds and continues to try and pack muscle on to his frame in CAK's workout program.

"I have mostly just been working on getting quicker and stronger," he said. "We have been hitting the weight room pretty hard this summer. We have been conditioning a lot. I am just trying to get stronger and get my feet quicker."

With the 2013 offensive line class mostly full up, Kendrick has begun getting closer with his future teammates, including fellow Tennessee native and offensive line commitment Austin Sanders.

Tennessee offensive line coach Sam Pittman has formed a bound with Kendrick..
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"Austin Sanders and I are pretty good friends now," Kendrick said. "We are definitely going to help Tennessee recruit and talk to the guys that are coming to Tennessee. My relationship with Austin has grown a lot. The first day that I committed he got my number on Facebook and texted me to congratulate me.

"We were trying to hang out last week and it just didn't work out, but we talk all the time. I started talking to Dan Skipper a few days ago. I message him on Facebook and we have talked a little bit. I also met Reeve Koehler when he was on a visit to Tennessee. We are pretty excited about trying to get him to Tennessee."

Kendrick, who is ranked as a two-star prospect according to FOX Sports Next, has developed a different kind of relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman since his commitment.

"I haven't talked to coach (Jim) Chaney in a little while, but coach Pittman and I talk a lot," he said. "Things have changed and we have become better friends. We don't talk about football that much anymore. He called and wished me a happy Fourth of July. It is just small talk now."

One thing is for certain, Kendrick plans on being in Neyland Stadium a lot this fall and the seat beside him is set to go off at a premium.

"I am definitely going to go to a lot of games this season," he said. "All my friends are asking if I can take them to games this year and stuff. I am definitely going to be at all the games that I can make it to."

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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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