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Rivals100 cornerback Kendall Sheffield has been busy with track this offseason with his eye on a Texas state championship. He was seeking redemption after finishing behind Tony Brown in the 110m hurdles and Darien Tennon in the 300m hurdles last year.
Friday night, all the hard work paid off as he improved both times from a year ago and walked away with gold in both events at the UIL State Track and Field Championships.
"It's amazing to have two gold medals," Sheffield said. "Last year I came in second in both hurdles and this year I came in first in both hurdles. So to see all my work is beautiful."
Accomplishments such as Friday night's have helped make him one of the top football recruits in the country with coaches from across the country making their way to Missouri City, Tex., to let him know just how bad they want him to play football at their college.
The offers have come from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Notre Dame, and everywhere in between. He has plenty of options and opportunities, and at this point he is keeping an open mind.
"They're all about even right now," Sheffield said. "I'm just building a relationship right now."
He is not sure when he plans to narrow his choices to a final few, but he does have plans to announce his final choice at the 2015 Under Armour All-American game.
He has taken visits to LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas in the past, and while he is in Austin he plans to stop by and meet with the Texas football coaches.
"I just want to get to talk to coach (Charlie) Strong and want to build a relationship and see the academics and stuff like that," Sheffield said.
The standout defensive back already has begun to build a relationship with some on the new Texas coaching staff.
"I've been talking to coach Vance Bedford a lot, every two weeks, and we're building a relationship and I'm just happy to get up here and see what Texas has to offer," Sheffield said.
Sheffield claimed the 4A championship in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.63 and claimed the championship in the 300m hurdles with a time of 36.34.
This summer Sheffield plans to attend the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Baltimore, as well as the Opening, and he does not have any other camps or visit plans on his schedule. In the past, plans for possible summer visits to Ohio State, Oregon, and Florida State have been discussed. He has also mentioned possibly taking a visit to USC and UCLA.
Jason Howell is a Midlands Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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