Kendricks favors the Badgers

Milwaukee King product has received a wide array of interest in two sports

Lance Kendricks has been on recruiting radars for quite some time.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Milwaukee King wide receiver prospect will be one of the top seniors in the state of Wisconsin this fall. He received his first recruiting letter when he was just a freshman.

"I remember my very first football letter was freshman year," Kendricks said in a phone interview Thursday. "It was a letter from Iowa."

The Hawkeyes are currently one of Kendricks' seven favorites, though the home state Badgers are his leader and currently his only scholarship offer. His other five favorites are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Florida and Texas.

Kendricks drew Iowa's early attention despite only starting one game his freshman season. That one game, however, became as much an audition as an opportunity.

"I started the very last game because everybody was injured," Kendricks said. "I remember we played Brookfield Central. That's when they were real good. I think I had like three catches for like 80 some yards or so. It was a pretty good game for me."

That Brookfield Central team boasted Wisconsin's current starting left tackle, Joe Thomas, who was a much sought after prospect that year. Two current Badger walk-ons, cornerback/special teamer Ben Strickland and long snapper Steven Johnson, were also seniors at Central that year.

"That's probably where [Iowa] saw me," Kendricks said.

So what did Kendricks feel when he began receiving college interest as mere freshman?

"I was happy," he said. "I didn't know what to do."

Kendricks has had many more chances to feel that joy since. In addition to his seven favorites he is receiving letters of interest for football from Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Northern Illinois, Virginia, Boston College, Texas Tech, Missouri, Ball State, Louisville, Buffalo and Air Force.

He has received track interest from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia, LSU, Harvard, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Michigan.

More scholarship offers should be on the way to match the one Kendricks received from UW in February. He is an elite athlete and he will have opportunities to impress this month with a trip to the Nike Invitational camp at USC (April 17) and participation in the Midwest Sports Combine in Brookfield (April 30).

Last summer Kendricks impressed at Wisconsin's camp with a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. He attended a junior day in Madison this winter and he plans on returning to the Badgers' camp this summer.

Why is UW his current favorite?

"They have my interest in academics," Kendricks said. "They have the architectural program that I'm interested in. The football team is good, the track team is good. I plan on doing both sports… It's close to home and everything."

Kendricks is a strong student, possessing a 3.1 cumulative grade point average. This semester four of his seven classes are part of the prestigious international baccalaureate program, or IB. He plans to take the ACT for the first time in a couple weeks.

Kendricks also casts a powerful image on the track and the gridiron. He took first place in the triple jump (48 feet 10 inches) at a national AAU track meet last summer and he runs a 22.5 in the 200 meters. On the gridiron, Kendricks caught 23 passes for 538 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall and also had five interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns. He reps 185 in the bench press 10 times, with a max of 230 or 235 pounds.

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