In our first Georgia Tech football recruiting names to know, we take a look at Florida defensive end Mario Kendricks.
There are some players in sports that sound like fjust by name alone. One of those names happens to be Mario Kendricks. Luckily for Georgia Tech, the Jackets are one of Kendricks’ top choices in his recruitment.
A 6-foot-1, 275-pound defensive end from Kissimmee, Florida, Kendricks is a budding prospect with a ton of potential. Being recruited primarily by offensive line coach Mike Sewak, who has landed some of the Jackets best prospects in the last five years, Kendricks is high on the Yellow Jackets as he enters the summer prior to his senior season.
Last month, Kendricks released his top seven schools which included the Yellow Jackets. The list also included Iowa State, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Kendricks has not released any official visit information or a commitment date. That being said, it wouldn’t be shocking if he makes a decision either late this summer or early fall as more and more players want to get the distraction of recruiting out of the way sooner than later.
Expected to use one of his five official visits on the Yellow Jackets, the Jackets should be high on Kendricks list until the very end and at this point it would be shocking if he’s not a Yellow Jacket when it’s all said and done.
If the Jackets do land Kendricks, he could provide some great versatility to the defensive line. At 6-foot-1, 275-pounds, Kendricks could play either defensive end or slide in the middle and play defensive tackle. While he may not have elite speed or elite burst off the edge, Kendricks could still find his way into the backfield of opposing offenses thanks to his great size and long reach. In his highlight film below you can see Kendricks using his long arms to bring down ball carriers and swatting down passes.
Stay tuned here at Yellow Jacked Up for the latest news on Kendricks’ recruitment and other Georgia Tech prospects!