Commitment Analysis: Austin Kendall

Austin Kendall committed to the University of Tennessee Sunday and national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons breaks down the 2016 Scout 300 signal caller here…

  • Prospect: Austin Kendall
  • Hometown: Waxhaw, N.C.
  • High School: Cuthbertson
  • Class: 2016
  • Position: QB
  • Size: 6-2/200
  • Video Highlights: Watch Here
  • Ranking on Scout: | No. 17 QB | No. 7 in N.C. | No. 233 Overall
  • Recruiting: Tennessee has been high on Kendall’s list for some time and he committed to the Vols August 3. He spent time in Knoxville once more over the weekend and that was all he needed. He had plenty of offers to choose from.

    Scouting Report: Had close to 2,000 total yards as a sophomore and he did not finish many of the games due to his team’s success. He is a leader on the field and he plays the game at a good speed.

    Some of his strengths are toughness, his touch on the football, and his ability to move in the pocket. He is more mobile than some expect and he can use his legs when he has to. He throws strikes on the move and that is a real positive. When he sets his feet, squares his shoulders, and gets set in the pocket, he can make just about any throw a quarterback is asked to make. His arm strength is above average and he can throw the deep ball.

    Areas he can improve are consistency and his delivery. The ball comes out of his hands fairly quickly and it is a pretty smooth motion, but the ball dips below his shoulder and his release is definitely on the lower side. That can be, and needs to be corrected. Making the proper reads, not forcing the ball, and letting plays develop falls under the consistency heading. He can get into a rhythm as a passer at times, but he just needs to stay patient in the pocket and give receivers more time to get open.

    Overall, Kendall is a quarterback with poise and savvy you like to see. When I saw him live a year ago, his team was dropping out of the games with cramps at a quick rate, but Kendall played through it. He made plays with his legs on third downs, he put the team on his shoulders somewhat, and showed the toughness he brings. He is a kid that may not have the ideal height, but he is tall enough, and he is very smart. He is good now, but will improve, and become much better in the future.

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