Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall announced his commitment to Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, picking the Volunteers over SEC East rival Kentucky.
Kendall — a top 10 QB in the class of 2016 — has visited Knoxville several times in the past few weeks. His recruitment came down to UK and Tennessee.
The Wildcats seemed to have a legitimate shot at the North Carolina native, especially after Kendall’s older brother announced that he would be a preferred walk-on wide receiver at UK this fall.
Instead, Austin Kendall chose the Volunteers. He also had scholarship offers from Clemson, Miami, West Virginia, N.C. State and several others.
Rivals.com ranks Kendall as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback and No. 60 overall recruit in the class of 2016.
Kentucky does not have a quarterback commitment for the class of 2015 and it seems unlikely that the Cats will add anyone at that position in this recruiting cycle. Kendall was their highest-rated QB target for 2016, though UK has already offered scholarships to a handful of others at the position.
The top three quarterbacks on UK’s depth chart going into the 2014 season are all underclassmen: sophomore Patrick Towles and freshmen Reese Phillips and Drew Barker.