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Alabama’s 4-Star Freshman Linebacker is Nicknamed “Thanos” For His Massive Frame
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Duncanville High School linebacker Kendrick Blackshire is the one of top defensive prospects in the entire 2021 recruiting class, and he is ready to make his presence felt in college football.

The four-star inside linebacker certainly had his choice of schools across the country and has the potential to be a high NFL Draft pick in the future.

In July 2020, he committed to head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Now, he’s ready to make tackles and prevent touchdowns.

Kendrick Blackshire Enrolls at Alabama

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It should come as no surprise that Blackshire had nearly 30 scholarship offers, many of which always push for a spot in the College Football Playoff. In addition to Bama, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Utah, and Virginia all wanted to land the stud linebacker per 247Sports.

Even though the MaxPreps All-American is from the Dallas area, the Longhorns and Aggies didn’t have any hometown advantage.

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Alabama football signees always come with a great on-field reputation, and Blackshire is no exception. The four-star linebacker joins fellow four-star backer Ian Jackson, five-star defensive lineman Damon Payne and defensive back Devonta Smith (yes, there’s already another one in Tuscaloosa) as some of Nick Saban’s most exciting enrollees.

The Tide are a threat to the rest of the college football landscape every single season, and that won’t be any different in 2021.

ILB Kendrick Blackshire Highlights

Blackshire’s highlights are impressive. Before Duncanville, he spent time at Mesquite Horn High School and racked up 180 tackles in two seasons. A torn ACL in 2019 derailed his junior season, but he has returned to form and is ready for the challenges of SEC football.

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Kendrick Blackshire is a strong, powerful player. The 250-pound linebacker moves from sideline-to-sideline quickly and will be a fun player to watch on Alabama’s defense over the next few seasons.

This post was originally published on November 26, 2019. It was updated to track Blackshire’s college football career.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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