Boyle County seniors Blake Mason and Keegan Kendrick are making their college choices official today, signing with their schools on the first day of the national signing period.
Mason will be signing with Campbellsville University, and Kendrick will sign with Lindsey Wilson College.
“I just really liked the campus. The coaches treated me really well and talked to me about how everything could go if I went there,” said Mason, who was recruited as a tight end. “Everyone looked at me as a tight end. A couple of schools might have mentioned being a defensive end, but it was mainly tight end.”
Mason earned All-Area honors last season at tight end, catching 22 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns, and blocking for a run game which averaged 228 yards per game.
Mason said he liked the style of offense Campbellsville runs.
“I know their offense was pretty good when Coach (Chris) Pardue was there (as offensive coordinator). They run the same style we do, and I like how they use their tight ends,”¿Mason said. “A couple of the other schools didn’t use the tight end as much, they were running the ball more, but Campbellsville uses the tight end like we do.”
Mason is going to work hard at being a more complete tight end.
“I think I’ve got to work on getting a little bit faster. I’ve got to work on my routes a little bit more,” he said. “My blocking has been pretty good, but I need to work on my routes running and my feet. I think my blocking is the best thing I’ve got.”
Kendrick was an All-Area performer on the offensive line for the Rebels, but said he is going to Lindsey Wilson as a linebacker, where he had 63 tackles and an interception.
“I really liked their coaching staff a lot and they offered me a pretty good deal. And it’s a new program, and their facilities are the best,”¿Kendrick said. “This is going to be their fourth year, and I feel like I will be able to help get their program going.”
Kendrick played linebacker and defensive line in high school, and said he would just go where coaches needed him.
“I feel like I’m more successful on the line, but I’m starting out at linebacker,” he said. “I played linebacker a couple of years and enjoyed it, but the defensive line is where I played the most. I really wouldn’t care either way.”
Kendrick said his choices came down to Centre and Lindsey Wilson.
“Centre is such an expensive school, I feel I can get what I want out of college at Lindsey Wilson for a much cheaper price,”¿he said. “I’m real excited. Once I said I’m going to go to Lindsey Wilson it was a release, and I started getting excited for next year’s season.”