Austin Kendall Picks Oklahoma
By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
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
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
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
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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