Football or Baseball?

When college coaching staffs recruit Kendrick Burney of Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow not only will they compete against other coaching staffs, but they might have to fight off major league baseball.

"I guess I'm a good baseball player," said Burney. "They say I might get drafted, but I'm just going to worry about that when it comes.

"Baseball is my first love; I grew up with it all my life. Most colleges want me to try out both sports in my first year and see how I do."

Burney's scholarship count still stands at three schools, but the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete feels more offers are on the way in the near future.

"I've been in the baseball season so I've been only receiving baseball offers right now," said Burney. "ECU is the most recent big time school to offer. I also have offers from [North] Carolina, Duke and I think N.C. State is going to offer sometime in the upcoming weeks. Virginia is real heavy, and South Carolina and Virginia Tech are interested."

Burney is "Mr. Everything" for the back-to-back NCHSAA 2A State Champions Southwest Onslow. From his quarterback position, Burney completed 26-of-56 passes for 521 yards and seven touchdowns with only two interceptions. Additionally, he rushed for 920 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 124 rushes.

From his defensive back position – his most likely collegiate position – Burney recorded 92 tackles (25 solo) including six tackles for a loss. He also deflected seven passes and intercepted five others.

Burney also returns kicks and punt where he returned two kicks for touchdowns.


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