6-1/217 weak side Hoover (Fresno) High School linebacker Mychal Kendricks made his commitment official to the Bears the week following the Tennessee game but has chosen to stay out of the recruiting limelight this season.
The electric opening-day atmosphere during his unofficial visit vs. Tennessee hit just the right chord with the 3 star Kendricks.
“Man, it was crazy there,” said Kendricks. “The student section was going nuts. This is exactly the type of atmosphere that I’ve always wanted to play in.”
The speedy (4.53 forty) and talented Kendricks has been gaining a lot of recruiting attention, especially after his strong performance at the Stanford Nike combine earned him MVP amongst the linebackers in attendance.
“One thing about Mike is he only just turned 17 years old,” said Hoover Head Coach Pat Plummer, “so he’s got a lot of upside.
“He runs extremely well. He’s a great student and he’s a great young man. He’s great in the weight room and works real hard.
Kendricks is a big-play linebacker who the team has counted on to create turnovers and opportunities for the Patriots.
“In our first game this season, we were down by 9 with 3 minutes left and needed the ball back. Mychal came up the middle and put a hit on the quarterback as he was handing off and we got the ball back. He also had a 66 yard touchdown run where he absolutely ran away from everyone in that game, too. And we were playing a fast team."
With Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford sharing Fresno roots, having starred at quarterback at Fresno State as well as coaching there, Plummer was happy to see his star linebacker commit to Cal.
“I know Jeff Tedford very well," said Plummer. "Mike’s going to play for a super guy and a super program. It’s a good deal for him.
“I’ve been here 23 years and only 3 players have ended up at Pac 10 schools. It doesn’t happen all the time. It’s a super opportunity for Mychal and it’s going to be fun. And he’s so young that they could redshirt him and he’s still going to be young. And he’s still growing and maturing a lot, too.”
Despite his team’s slow start at 2-5, Stanford Nike linebacker MVP Kendricks is excelling on the gridiron, leading his team in tackles with 68 as well as rushing, averaging over 7 yards per carry along with receiving, averaging with 25 yards per catch on offense.
Already adding 16 pounds since the spring, Plummer expects Kendricks to come into Cal at 230-235 without sacrificing his speed and tremendous closing and tackling ability.
With five linebackers redshirting or greyshirting this season, expect Kendricks to be one of only one or two linebacker recruits in this class. Kendricks is slated for weakside backer.
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