A prized recruit for both football and track, King verbally committed to Wisconsin in late December. For a team whose top three receivers last fall were seniors, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Kendricks is expected to come right in this fall and make an immediate impact for the Badgers.
Kendricks' attention is currently honed in on his last track season at King, practices for which began March 6. Kendricks was the state runner-up in the triple jump last spring. He finished third in the event as a sophomore.
"It's a goal because I haven't done that yet," Kendricks said of winning a state championship in the triple jump. "Last year I think I got hurt on my second jump so I really couldn't do anything after that."
This season, however, Kendricks primary goal is "to excel in my sprinting events," he said. "Just have a balanced event core."
In addition to his triple jumping exploits, Kendricks was a sprinter as a sophomore. He did not run last season, though, due to limitations caused by a pulled hamstring.
"I had a pulled hamstring and I couldn't really run at full speed on it," Kendricks said.
He will run the open 200 meters and the 1,600-meter relay this spring, while serving as an alternate on the 400 relay.
As a sophomore, Kendricks said he ran the 200 in the low 23s. "So I should be 22s by the beginning of the season," he said.
Kendricks has a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average after recording a 3.5 last semester. He scored a 19 on his only attempt at the ACT.
Badger Nation: What was your first impression of the University of Wisconsin?
Lance Kendricks: "It was like a real big surprise, because I didn't think it was that big overall. Like how their tradition and the atmosphere and everything. That was the first big college I saw. It was a big deal to me."
BN: When did that first impression take place?
LK: "Probably junior year at one of the invite football games."
BN: Do you have a favorite memory from your official visit (Dec. 2)?
LK: "Probably just hanging out with my friends because I have a lot of friends that go there right now."
BN: What are you most proud of from your high school career?
LK: "Probably that I was able to maintain a good GPA and excelling at sports at the same time."
BN: Do you have a favorite sports movie?
LK: "Probably Remember the Titans."
BN: Do you have a favorite non-sport historical figure?
LK: "I took a multicultural history class and we've been, within the past few weeks we've been going over Martin Luther King, so probably him. I have a little more insight on it, like what was going on back then."
BN: Who would you say has influenced you the most or served as a role model the most for you, relating to your football career?
LK: "Probably my brother. He played high school football with Michael Bennett. And whenever he'll watch me play, he'll just help me improve on a skill or something, which will help improve my game."
[Kendricks older brother, Leon Kendricks Jr., attended Milwaukee Tech High School].
BN: What are your goals for you time at Wisconsin?
LK: "Just to be a standout player. And being able to keep my grades up."
BN: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
LK: "Either in the NFL or an architect."