Austin Kendall Picks Oklahoma

By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Published: 04/08/2015

It is getting pretty common for early commits to change their minds on a school prior to signing day. Colleges lose commits and sometimes athletes lose opportunities from colleges. Either way, nothing is etched in stone until you sign your letter of intent on the first Wednesday in February.

Yesterday, one of the top prospects in the country, Austin Kendall from Cuthbertson High School (NC), committed to Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners. Two weeks ago, Kendall decommitted from the University of Tennessee and opened his recruitment back up.

Kendall, a 6’2 205-pound pro-style quarterback, is one of the top 15 quarterbacks overall in the 2016 recruiting class. He led his team to the Final 4 in the North Carolina 3AA State Playoffs. He put up some ridiculous numbers as a junior, throwing for 4,471 yards and 49 touchdown passes. He has started since his freshman year and has racked up 7,629 career passing yards and 87 career touchdown passes going into his senior season.

These accomplishments over his first 3 years of high school have earned him national recognition and offers from a ton of Division 1 schools. Some of his offers include Auburn, Kentucky, Miami FLA, Clemson, Virginia, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, and West Virginia to name a few.

Over the last couple of weeks, he visited Auburn and Kentucky before he committed to Stoops. Auburn was close and some thought he would go to Kentucky because his brother, Ryan, is a wide receiver for the Wildcats.

The Sooners are a top tier program nationally and they have an advantage with new offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley. Riley just came to Oklahoma in January and recruited Kendall the last few years while he was at East Carolina. Riley and Kendall have built rapport to go along with all the other benefits the Sooners have to offer.

Kendall becomes Oklahoma’s third commit in the 2016 recruiting class. If things stay the same between now and signing day, this will be a huge pickup for the Sooners.

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