At the recent NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto there was an athlete who stood out in every drill. Wherever he went you would see those covering the event ruffling through their rosters to see who this player was. Well for this player and his family, it was a case of déjà vu all over again. The same thing happened to his older brother two years ago.
The player in question is athlete prospect Eric Kendricks (6-1, 205, 4.6) from Fresno (Calif.) Hoover.
Kendricks had an outstanding NIKE performance that saw him earn the Camp's linebacker MVP award.
Interesting enough Kendricks' older brother, Mychal Kendricks, now scheduled to start as a true sophomore for the Cal Bears, burst onto the scene at the same camp, won the same award, two years ago.
Kendricks has one offer on the table from Fresno State, while he is getting a lot of recruiting attention from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.
Kendricks was a jack-of-all-trades for Hoover as a junior. 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.
Not relying on one solid camp performance, Kendricks plans to take in a few more camps this summer.
"I am planning on going to camps at Arizona, Oregon and UCLA," Kendricks said. "At this time, I'm not sure if I will make them all."
UCLA was Kendricks favorite school growing up and there is a good reason for that. His father played for the Bruins in the early 1970's and was the hero of a UCLA upset over USC. His grandfather was one of the first African Americans to be accepted to play at Oklahoma so he definitely has the bloodlines.
What is Kendricks looking for in a college?
"A school that fits me and where I can get a great education," Kendricks said. "That is No. 1."
"Athletically, I want to play for a good football program that I would love playing for."
In the weight room, Kendricks is currently benching 280, he squats 410 and power cleans 275. He is just as impressive in the classroom as he is on the gridiron, as he is a full qualifier with a 3.8 GPA and 1500 SAT.