Scout's Take: Eric Kendricks

Here's our scouting report on Eric Kendricks, the 6-1, 215-pound linebacker prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Hoover who recently verbally committed to UCLA...

Profile: Eric Kendricks

Position: Linebacker
Location: Fresno, Calif.- Hoover HS
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 215 pounds

Recruiting: Committed to UCLA over Washington State and Fresno State

What to Like: Kendricks is a big-motor guy who moves well in space and sideline-to-sideline.  His frame and size say outside linebacker in college while he plays inside for his high school team.  Does a good job in pursuit and can take on blockers.  He has great body control, is a sure tackler (already has 117 tackles in eight games), and is at his best in run defense, but is steady in pass coverage.  A good comparison for UCLA fans is Christian Taylor, in that Kendricks is a solid, not flashy linebacker, who gets the job done.  Has good bloodlines too, his father a former UCLA running back and his brother Mychal playing linebacker at Cal. 

What may be of concern:  Again, he's played primarily middle linebacker, but his size may not translate to that spot in college, which makes him a likely outside backer.  He's a likely redshirt candidate as well, so he can beef up and play the outside at a good weight.  If his speed improves too, he could also end up possibly playing strong safety.

Overall Analysis: UCLA has recruited Fresno well traditionally, and Kendricks is the third player from the 559 in this class.  Some local folks feel he's a better prospect than his brother was at the same stage, and Mychal tore the heart out of Bruin fans last month in UCLA's game againast Cal, so if Eric has the same upside, then he'll be a nice addition to a young linebacker corps UCLA is hoping to strengthen in this class.

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