Kendrick leaves with chills

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For Christian Academy of Knoxville offensive lineman Brett Kendrick a trip to the University of Tennessee campus was nothing new, but this past weekend was something different.

Kendrick, a 6-foot-5, 290 pounder, said that his official visit was a weekend fit for a king.

"They treated me like I was special," Kendrick told InsideTennessee. "It was just awesome. We got to go down in the locker room, see our locker and put on our jersey and stuff. It was a lot of fun — something special really.

"It was awesome getting to hang out with all these commitments. I think we might have some guys leaning towards Tennessee and committing. There is a good shot at that. It was just cool getting to hang out with my coaches and all my new teammates."

A two-star prospect according to FOX Sports NEXT, Kendrick has already developed close personal relationships with several commitments and future teammates, including Austin Sanders and Dylan Wiesman.

"Everywhere we went we pretty much hung out together," Kendrick said. "They started calling us the three stooges — me, Austin and Dylan. We all hung out together and we got to hang out with (Justin) Worley, Kyler Kerbyson, (Alan) Posey and Mack Crowder. It was just a fun weekend getting to hang out with all those big guys."

The Knoxville, Tenn., native is fresh off a TSSAA Class 3A state championship and said getting to slip into his new colors was the highlight of the weekend.

"Getting to put on my jersey and then they put together this video together for us to watch," he said. "It sent chills through you getting to know you are going to play here soon."

And while Kendrick has walked into Neyland Stadium many of times full of fans, Saturday night's dinner in an empty stadium left him with visions of his future in the Orange & White.

"It was different, but it is still cool getting to walk in there, see the empty seats and know they are going to be filled on Saturdays with screaming fans and picturing how amazing it is going to be next year," he said.

Kendrick, who committed to Tennessee on June 2, 2012, has been recruiting on behalf of Rocky Top ever since he pulled the trigger and his weekend was no different with multiple blue-chippers on campus.

"We always try to recruit for the coaches," Kendrick said. "Austin and I were trying to recruit Dylan Wiesman when he was down here before and now he is committed here. We got to recruit on Carl Lawson, Peyton (Barber) and (Davin) Bellamy. All of those guys were cool. This weekend was just awesome."

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