Kendricks' UW official next

Milwaukee King star up to eight scholarship offers

It was Tuesday evening, the third day of the latest NCAA contact period. Lance Kendricks,'s No. 11 class of 2006 wide receiver prospect in the country, had already heard from three schools: Arkansas, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

The Badgers will receive Kendricks' third official visit this Friday, when the 6-4, 205-pound athlete makes the short trip from Milwaukee (he attends King High School) to Madison.

Kendricks attended several UW football games this fall on unofficial visits, so there will not be too many surprises this time around. Still he is looking forward to the official version.

"I've seen everything," he said. "I've basically seen a lot…

"But just being able to communicate with a lot of the players and like the coaches and stuff. Being able to meet a lot of new people."

Wisconsin future head coach Bret Bielema is currently the point man for Kendrick's recruitment with the Badgers. Asked if the Badgers' transition from current head coach Barry Alvarez to Bielema would affect his recruiting situation with Wisconsin, Kendricks replied: "Not really, because (Bielema) normally keeps me updated on the changes they're making. That's probably good, I guess."

Initially, Kendricks was being recruiting by outside linebackers coach Brian Murphy, who has recruited Wisconsin and Minnesota for the Badgers. Now, however, it is Bielema that is making contact.

"Whenever Coach Bielema has not contacted me, maybe (wide receivers) coach (Henry) Mason has contacted me… But it's mainly Coach Bielema now."

Kendricks has already taken official visits to Arkansas and LSU. He plans to take an official visit to UCLA in early January and will likely take his fifth official to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks are a late addition to Kendricks' recruiting story. Wisconsin, Arkansas, LSU and UCLA have long been among Kendricks' favorites, but South Carolina just began recruiting him about three weeks ago and quickly offered a scholarship.

In addition to those five schools, Kendricks holds offers from Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue.

Kendricks had expressed interest in making an official visit to Michigan, but the Wolverines have not kept in consistent contact.

"There were like on-and-off. So I doubt if… they will contact me," he said. "But I'm not worried about it."

Kendricks also was not worried about receiving minimal all-state recognition. In his senior year at King, he caught 24 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns and rushed 32 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was named honorable mention all-state by the Journal-Sentinel but was not included on the Associated Press or Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state squads.

"I wasn't really expecting anything," Kendricks said.

"If I went to a different school, maybe it'd been different," he said. "I guess I have my awards in scholarships, so that's probably the big deal to me."

With his prep football career complete, Kendricks considered playing basketball this winter. He decided against hoops, however, and began training for his spring track season two weeks ago. Kendricks is one of the nation's best prep triple jumpers.

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