The 6-foot, 181-pound senior quarterback led the Stallions to a 15-0 record and a fourth-straight Class AAAA state championship this past season. Kendrick completed 186-of-256 passes for 2,693 yards and 30 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,195 yards and 19 TDs, throwing and running for a combined 19 touchdowns in five postseason games. The 2016 Herald All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, he concluded his prep football career with 6,134 passing yards, 1,919 rushing yards and 98 total touchdowns.
Kendrick has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Clemson University in the fall of 2018.
Kendrick has volunteered locally with Read Across America, an elementary school literacy-outreach program, and he has donated his time as a youth football coach and mentor. “Bottom line, Derion Kendrick is the best player in the state of South Carolina,” said Bobby Collins, head coach of Lancaster High. “What makes him dangerous is that he loves to compete. He’s the key to their success.”