Linebacker Eric Kendricks (6-0, 205, 4.5) from Fresno (Calif.) Hoover first came to the attention of recruiting fans with his standout NIKE Camp performance at Palo Alto that saw him garner the camp's linebacker MVP award. Since his showing at the NIKE Camp, Kendricks has been to two more camps and picked up his second offer.
Just last weekend, Kendricks camped with both UCLA and Cal. He has ties to both schools. His father played tailback in the early 70's for UCLA and his older brother, Mychal Kendricks, is a sophomore linebacker and is scheduled to start for Cal this fall.
"I thought I did well at UCLA's camp," Kendricks said. "Rick Neuheisel told me they are going to stay in contact. They told me I did a good job at their camp, and that they are looking forward to seeing me play this fall."
To give you an indication of how motivated Kendricks is after the UCLA camp he drove all the way back to Fresno, woke up early Sunday morning and headed to Cal.
"I did well at Cal as well," Kendricks said. "Cal's coaches told me that I was fast and that they too told me they will be in contact with me.
"We raced after camp and I came in first out of all the quarterbacks, tight ends and linebackers," Kendricks said. "I did this while I had a hip flexor and I still won. I wanted to show Cal's coaches how fast I am."
"I might be heading to the Washington Rising Stars Camp and I've been thinking about going to Oregon's full contact camp," Kendricks said. "I may go to a couple more camps, but I'm unsure of where right now."
Kendricks recently picked up his second offer.
"I received my second offer from Nevada a week ago last Sunday," Kendricks said. "It made me excited and I feel good, but I'm hungry for more."
The athletic Kendricks was a jack-of-all-trades last season. He played middle linebacker, quarterback, wide receiver, punter and kicker. He was an all-league selection for his junior season.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kendricks racked up 85 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one force fumble and one pass deflection.
As an offensive player, Kendricks threw for 576 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for 600 yards and scored eight touchdowns on the ground. He even caught eight passes for 190 yards and had two receiving scores to his credit.