Ole Miss is close to a commitment from emerging quarterback talent Kendrick Doss (Florence, Al. Florence) after blowing past Tennessee for the three-star dual-threat recruit. The Volunteers were perceived to be the favorite prior to a Jun. 14 visit to Knoxville, but that visit just showed him how much the Rebels really wanted the rapidly developing talent.
Doss’ quarterback coach at Florence, Bo Culver, tells me, “Coach Freeze and his staff run a first class program with character and integrity at the forefront. That is high on Kendrick and he believes he fits their system well.”
At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, Doss passes the eyeball test. He has the “first off the bus” look to him and his skill set will be a welcome addition to his college team. Culver says, “Doss’ biggest asset is his strength which allows him to power through tackles when he has to tuck and run and that strength translates to his throw power. He can really spin it!”
He also mentioned how his mechanics and footwork have made significant improvements in the last year. Considering the progress he made in year one with the Florence coaching staff, it’s scary to think what is in store for Doss as he enters his senior season with the Florence Falcons.
The Falcons closed their season with five straight wins after a 2-3 start to get into the playoffs before being eliminated in the first round, but that streak demonstrates Doss’ ability to lead a team in when the pressure mounts. “After that start he relaxed and let the game come to him, Culver said. He took more of a leadership role and really tried to rely on his teammates more.
Culver emphasized that Doss is a great player but is an even better kid. That attitude will serve him well on the field and in the classroom, and it looks like that will be for the Rebels.
Doss passed for 1,743 yards and 16 touchdowns to only five interceptions while also running for 1,202 yards and 21 touchdowns.