Vols Offer Physical Four-Star Linebacker

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    If you can excel in the largest classification of high school football in the state of Texas, you’re likely one of the top prospects in your respective class. That’s the case for Kendrick Blackshire, and he added yet another offer to his long list of offers on Tuesday.

    The four-star inside linebacker tweeted out on late Tuesday afternoon that he picked up an offer from Tennessee. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound linebacker plays for Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas and played for Horn High School in Mesquite for his first two years of high school.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Blackshire is the No. 110 overall prospect and No. 4 inside linebacker in the 2021 class. He’s also the No. 20 recruit in the state of Texas in the 2021 cycle per the composite rankings.

    Blackshire recently picked up an offer from Texas A&M and visited Oklahoma before the February dead period. He also holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Texas, Michigan, and many others, boasting well over two dozen scholarship offers.

    Unfortunately for Blackshire, he tore his ACL before the start of his junior season — his first at Duncanville. He missed the entire year, but he’s expected to be back for his senior year.

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    From his sophomore highlights and camp highlights, it’s very apparent why Blackshire is rated so highly. He’s aggressive, has great pursuit, and is a physical specimen. Blackshire tackles violently and moves well laterally, possessing the skills to play multiple linebacker positions.

    In his first two years of high school, Blackshire totaled 180 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble he returned for a touchdown, a pass defended, and a blocked kick according to MaxPreps.

    Tennessee currently has six prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, but none are from projected inside linebackers. Three-star Darrell Jackson is listed as a defensive end/outside linebacker, and he committed to UT on February 1st.