May 12, 2010

South Panola standout confident offers on the way

Kendrick Market doesn't have to look far to find motivation.

It wasn't that long ago that an undersized, lightly-recruited safety left South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss., to embark on a college career.

That player, former Ole Miss safety Jamarca Sanford, is now preparing for his second season with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

Market, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound safety from Sanford's alma mater, knows he'll also have to prove doubters wrong every step of the way.

"It's going to be a challenge," Market said.

As the defending champion Tigers work through spring practices this month, Market is hearing from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Memphis. None of those programs, however, have offered scholarships. Market isn't worried. Instead, he's confident.

"They want me to come to camp and watch me perform," Market said. "I just have to keep on doing what I'm doing. It'll come to me.

"I'm physical, and I can play in the open field. I can be like a coach on the field. I can tell them what to do."

South Panola coach Lance Pogue believes Market is taking the correct approach.

"I think Kendrick is a guy that as we go through the spring and summer, he's going to begin to get some good offers," Pogue said. "He played corner for us as a sophomore and last year we moved him to safety. He's also our Wildcat guy at quarterback on offense. He's a big hitter, a real physical guy who's put together well and he's got great ball skills. I think he can play on either side of the ball. I think he could be an inside receiver or defensively, he's a safety. He could play on all the special teams. He's just a guy who makes plays. He's constantly involved in plays that make a difference.

Market said he plans to camp at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee this summer, in hopes that he'll get to know those programs better as well as give them something to think about.

"I like Tennessee's coaches," Market said. "They're talking pretty good. I like Melvin Smith. He's a pretty good coach. He's telling me they'll take care of me down there. (Ole Miss) is telling me I could play both sides of the ball. Memphis is talking pretty good. Delvin Clark liked it and he was telling me about it."

Market said he plans to spend the rest of his summer working in the weight room, hoping that squats and leg curls can help him improve his 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He'll also work to improve the 15 that he posted on his first attempt at the ACT.

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