It has always been difficult to get recruiting information out of the tight lipped Jelan Kendrick, but the elite perimeter player did reveal a little information about his recruitment to Rivals.com.
Kendrick, 6-foot-6, 186-pounds from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler High School has a couple unofficial visits under his belt. Two weekends ago he visited Memphis. This past weekend he took in the Alabama football game and came away impressed.
"The Alabama trip was pretty good," said Kendrick. "I got to stand on the field, and the crowd knew my name. It was pretty exciting. I felt like I was more important than the football team until the game started."
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More unofficial visits are in the works, but Kendrick would not divulge the possible destinations.
Kendrick also entertained the UCLA staff on an in-home visit on Sunday. In-home visits with Miami and Alabama are also on tap for this week. Memphis is working on scheduling an in-home visit as well.
Under the leadership of Isiah Thomas, Florida International has not shied away from pursuing some of the top prospects in the country, and this is the case with Kendrick.
"I also got to meet Isiah Thomas when he stopped by my dad's office," he said. "That was pretty cool."
A number of other schools are also involved with Kendrick, who will likely sign in the spring. Cincinnati, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky and Texas among others are schools whose names have popped up surrounding Kendrick.
Kendrick did, however, leave open the possibility of signing in the fall.
"If I know I've found the right fit, then I'll go ahead and end things," he said.
Kendrick is the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.
Jelan Kendrick scouting report
A three position perimeter player with length, Kendrick has a surprising burst of athleticism. Whether it is off his first step or off a hesitation dribble, he can get to the basket with the best of them, especially going right. His extension at the rim and array of floating shots allow him to finish over bigger defenders. Also a high level passer and adequate shooter, Kendrick does need to improve his strength, but often his length makes up for his deficient strength.