NCF On The Trail: Kevin Pendleton

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Nobody projected the Missouri Tigers to be the No. 5 team in the country, but the Tigers have impressed on the field and now they have a chance to impress off of it with a large contingent of players visiting this weekend; can Alabama change the momentum in the recruitment for Da'Shawn Hand; Oregon is hoping to wow key targets with College GameDay in town.

Critical positions in SEC recruiting 

September, 3, 2013

Each year college coaches prioritize their recruiting needs. Whether it's offensive or defensive linemen or skilled positions, there always seems to be an area that needs more attention than others. Here's a closer look at the most important position for each SEC team in recruiting this year.

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Weekly Commitment Roundup

May, 10, 2013
Boston College
Christian Lezzer | ILB |Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield
HT: 6-1 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Milan Richard |TE-Y |Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day School
HT: 6-3 WT: 229
Position Rank: #2 TE-Y
Stars: 4

Johnathan Thomas |RB |Peabody, Mass./Saint John's Prep
HT: 5-11 WT: 196
Position Rank: #35 RB
Stars: 4

Big 12
Iowa State
Victor Holmes |S |La Porte, Texas/La Porte
HT: 5-11 WT: 177
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
De'Monte Ruth | CB | Dallas/Wilmer Hutchins
HT: 5-9 WT: 150
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas Tech
Byron Daniels | WR | San Antonio/James Madison
HT: 5-11 WT: 170
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Hakeem Allonce | DT | Greenbelt, Md./Pierce College (JC)
HT: 6-5 WT: 290
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

De'Eric Culver | CB | Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
HT: 5-10 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jared McCray | OT | Minford, Ohio/Minford
HT: 6-4 WT: 305
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Jason Hall | S |Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie
HT: 6-2 WT: 192
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Auston Anderson | RB | Plano, Texas/Plano West
HT: 5-9 WT: 180
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tommy Doles | OT | Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian
HT: 6-5 WT: 250
Position Rank: #47 OT
Stars: 3

Dareian Watkins | ATH | Galion, Ohio/Galion
HT: 6-1 WT: 195
Position Rank: #40 ATH
Stars: 4

Penn State
Daquan Worley | ATH | Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville
HT: 5-10 WT: 171
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Trae Hart | WR | Dallas/First Baptist Academy
HT: 5-11 WT: 155
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Arizona State
Korey Rush | DE | Salt Lake City/East
HT: 6-2 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Daniel Marx | FB | Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viego
HT: 6-3 WT: 238
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Austin Maloata | DT | Corona, Calif./Centennial
HT: 6-3 WT: 250
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Don Hill | DE | Boise, Idaho/Timberline
HT: 6-4 WT: 235
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Zach Whitley Jr. | ILB | Houston, Texas/North Shore
HT: 6-2 WT: 220
Position Rank: #9 ILB
Stars: 4

Mississippi State
Jamoral Graham | ATH | Decatur, Miss./Newton County Academy
HT: 5-11 WT: 180
Position Rank: #15 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#109)

Kevin Pendleton | OT | Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit West
HT: 6-4 WT: 328
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

When offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit West), a transfer from Lincoln College Prep in nearby Kansas City, Mo., was given his LSW football gear, he was given a specific jersey number. Teammates laughed, and the newest member of the team didn’t understand why.

“I arrived in August, and when I got my game stuff, one of the coaches threw at me No. 77,” Pendleton said. “Everyone started saying, ‘You got the number.’ I looked in the gym, and there’s a huge poster of him. He had on the jersey. I got the joke.”

The “him” Pendleton referred to was Evan Boehm, a 2012 LSW graduate who just finished his freshman season at Missouri. On Wednesday, Pendleton verbally committed to Missouri and continued the trend of LSW offensive linemen wearing No. 77 moving on to Missouri.

Pendleton’s pledge gave Missouri seven commitments for 2014, and he's the first lineman to pledge in this class. The 6-foot-4, 328-pound prospect -- a tackle in high school expecting to play guard in college -- chose Missouri over an offer from Memphis and interest from Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa and Northern Illinois.

“Being the home state, that was huge,” Pendleton said of Missouri. “As a kid, you go and get that Madden game, and you play with Mizzou. I’ve made three visits, and I loved it every time. It’s always been great. The coaches are great, and the fans through social media have been really supportive.

“I didn’t have to think long about it. I was ready to wrap this up.”

Pendleton was recruited to Missouri by quarterbacks coach Andy Hill. Pendleton’s father Maurice played at Missouri in the 1990s before sustaining an ACL injury and ultimately transferring to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Because he was at a different school, Pendleton didn’t get the opportunity to know Boehm until recently. Now he considers Boehm a big-brother type, someone he has been able to call about anything on his mind.

“I first met Evan at our [Kansas City] Staley game [in August],” Pendleton said. “Getting to know him from the recruiting process has been great. I did wrestling for the first time this year, and he was a state champ at West. That’s where we really clicked.

“We got in the weight room together and really connected. He’s been pushing about Mizzou jokingly, but he’s helped me with whatever questions I had.”

Pendleton said the Tigers are going to use him at guard and not at tackle primarily because of his ability to pull. Academically, he said the decision was easy, as Missouri has a solid business program. He’s expecting to major in business.