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When offensive line coach Phil Trautwein came to Penn State from Boston College during the off season, he looked almost certain he would eventually offer 2021 class four-star guard Drew Kendall.
April 1 finally happened, and despite the date, there was no deception.
The Lions hope to land a historic offensive line from the standings, and the 6 foot 4 inch 255 lb Kendall is the last player in the top 100 they are chasing. Already, three-star goalkeeper Nate Bruce of Harrisburg and four-star tackle of Maryland Landon Tengwall have signed up, and five-star Nolan Rucci could top the list of uncommitted players, along with Virginia’s five-star tackle- Western Tristan Leigh.
Kendall, who plays at Noble And Greenough School in Massachusetts, is now joining this list.
“This offer from Penn State means a lot to me,” Kendall told PennLive.
“This program has been great in recent and past history and has earned a reputation as one of the top 25 programs year after year.”
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Trautwein recruited Kendall hard when he was with the Eagles, so it’s not surprising that he picked up where he left off at his last stop. The line player’s PSU experience actually predates the position’s coach, as the Lions welcomed him a year ago. Familiarity is the key to many recruitments, and this one seems no different.
“I got to know Traut really well when he was at Boston College,” said Kendall.
“He has been great with me over the past few years and we have really been able to connect with football. “
Penn State hopes to welcome Kendall in the coming months, but with a recruitment period in effect until May 31 at least due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is not clear when it will be able to do so. That said, expect the trip to eventually take place, and also be aware that, like many prospects, the caretaker slows things down a bit to allow for future visits before making a final decision. Duke, Michigan and Virginia are just a few of the other contenders.
“The inability to take visits will most likely slow down my recruitment a bit,” said Kendall.
“I would like to make my official visits before my decision. I hope it’s possible in June, but we’ll see. “
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