Kendall continues relationship building

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It can be hard to learn something about a university on a fourth trip but Austin Kendall made the most of a recent junior day trip to Tennessee.

The Charlotte Christian sophomore quarterback saw the Volunteers take on Auburn and Georgia at Neyland Stadium in Fall 2013. This visit, however, consisted of much more time with offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, tight ends coach Mark Elder and offensive graduate assistant Nick Sheridan.

"It was a little bit different," Kendall said, "just being able to see all the academic side and other stuff I didn't get to see. When I came for the summer, I was with coach Jake and was able to see most of the stuff but this was more in-depth of what the school is like and everything else.

That time with the Tennessee aides stuck out to the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder.

"It was being able to spend time with the coaches," Kendall said. "Coach Jones brought me up to his office, I had a good talk with him about the future. Definitely being able to spend time with coach Sheridan, the new GA, and being able to spend time with coach Jake and coach Elder, my recruiting coordinator."

The staff on Rocky Top wants the signal-caller to keep making his way over from the Tar Heel State to "just keep building the relationship, just keep coming down, keep seeing them, definitely get more of a feel of what they're about and just keep coming back."

Getting in early on Kendall is pivotal for Tennessee as both Georgia and Ohio State have family-based advantages the Vols do not. The right-hander points at that attention as a factor in Orange & White favor.

"Just the love that they've shown me. It's giving me a big interest in them, They're definitely high up there."

Joining the Vols as schools with offers on the table are Charlotte, Clemson, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

"There's not really any standouts," Kendall said. "I like all the schools that have offered me right now. I have schools that haven't offered me that I like a lot."

Auburn and Georgia continue to show interest but no offer yet from either.

Look for the young field general to be back on The Hill soon enough.

"Yeah, I'm definitely coming for a practice," Kendall said.

In touring campuses all over, he says he wants to sit down with coaches to see and how they teach their quarterbacks.

Charlotte Christian brought home it second straight NCISAA Division I state championship in November. In the final, another Vols target ran wild as Elijah Deveaux scampered fro 309 yards and four touchdowns.

The Knights look to bolster their non-league schedule for 2014, possibly having multiple trips out of state to find prime competition.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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