Post visit, Cougs leap up Top 50 LB's list

A TOP 50 linebacker prospect with great bloodlines was on the Palouse this weekend, taking his official visit and experiencing Washington State's thrilling comeback win over SMU. He's seeing a lot of Pac-10 interest and college coaches tell him he has the footwork of a defensive back.

And it sounds like his crimson experience couldn't have gone any better.

First off, don't let the "Not Rated" fool you on his page. The ranking for Fresno's Eric Kendricks will be adjusted on in the next day or so.

"He's a Top 50 middle 'backer prospect," says Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager for Scout.

Kendricks (6-1, 213, 4.6) said he didn't verbally commit while in Pullman and a decision doesn't appear imminent. Washington State has, however, rocketed up his list post-official visit. One of the top things he said he was looking for headed in centered around the environment at Wazzu.

"They're very high up. They're the highest," said Kendricks of WSU on Sunday afternoon. "I liked it a lot -- the family environment and the whole atmosphere there was great."

Anthony Carpenter served as Kendricks' player host but all the Cougar players made an impression, said Kendricks.

"Pretty much everyone I met stood out, all the coaches too. We talked about everything, even stuff that wasn't football related," said Kendricks.

KENDRICKS HOLDS OFFERS from Washington State, Fresno State and Nevada. Arizona, Arizona State UW, UCLA and Cal are all in close contact and showing interest.

Huffman saw him this summer at a camp event.

I love his feel for the game, his ability to shed blockers and how he gets up there and stuff the run," said Huffman. "But he's also strong in pass coverage -- he's active and quick. He's not necessarily a big hitter, but he's a very sure tackler."

Kendricks pretty much does it all for Hoover High, playing linebacker, quarterback, receiver, running back, tight end. He even kicks and punts.

"I had a 44 yard punt average last game," he laughed.

At the next level, however, he's a linebacker, possibly on the outside or in the middle.

"The (college) coaches like my athleticism and my work ethic -- they like my lateral speed and say I have footwork like a DB," said Kendricks.

KENDRICKS HAS SOME solid football DNA.

His brother, Mychal Kendricks, is a starting inside linebacker at Cal. His father, Marvin Hendricks, was a halfback for UCLA and led the Bruins in rushing in both '70 and '71.

WSU assistant Todd Sturdy has been running the point on Kendricks' recruitment. "He's a really nice guy...Washington State probably has been (recruiting hardest.)"

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