Bruins Land Legacy at LB

Fresno (Calif.) Hoover linebacker Eric Kendricks will play at same school his father did, committing to UCLA on Monday night...

Like any father, Marv Kendricks would have liked to see his son wear the blue and gold in college, as he did for UCLA in the early 1970s.

Two years ago, son Mychal did so, when he signed with Cal, where he's now starting for the Bears.

On Monday night, the younger son Eric Kendricks chose to follow in his father's foot steps, and committed to UCLA.

"I committed last night to UCLA," said Kendricks. "I talked with all of the defensive coaches and with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. And they were all really excited."

The 6-1, 213-pound, Kendricks had offers from Fresno State, Nevada and Washington State, having visited the latter, but he had been pining for a Bruin offer for some time.

Last Wednesday he got the good news.

"I have been wanting a UCLA offer for a while," said Kendricks. "I went to their camp this summer so they could see me. They said they just wanted to watch me a little more this year. Then they offered me last Wednesday."

Despite preferring the Bruins, Kendricks took a couple of days to think it over, before ultimately pulling the trigger on Monday.

"I'm really happy with my decision and glad to get this over with," said the three-star middle linebacker.

Kendricks said the Bruin staff wants him as a linebacker, with no real preference set yet.

"They want me as a linebacker, but they'll figure outside or inside later," said Kendricks. Big brother Mychal, who won Nike Camp Linebacker MVP honors two years ago, as Eric did this year, was on board with his younger brother going to one of Cal's chief rivals.

"He didn't give me a hard time at all," said Kendricks. "He was really happy for me."

And his father was thrilled with his decision too.

"He was real happy too, not just because I picked UCLA like him, but that I made this decision on my own. He never pushed UCLA on me," said Kendricks.

Kendricks also knows a few familiar faces will be in Westwood with him.

"I'm friends with Tevin McDonald and Wesley Flowers (from crosstown rival, Fresno Edison)," said Kendricks.

Kendricks said he's hoping to be at the UCLA-UW game on Saturday and will likely take his visit in January.


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