He Sacks, He Fishes: Mario Kendricks Getting Ready for Virginia Tech

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Mario Kendricks likes to fish, and he’ll have no trouble finding places to fish in the New River Valley. (photo courtesy Mario Kendricks)

Mario Kendricks

Defensive Tackle
Osceola High School
Kissimmee, FL
6-0, 280

It began when he was ‘a little kid.’ Osceola (Fla.) three-star defensive lineman Mario Kendricks remembers the fishing trips he would make with his father.

At the time, his father, who lives in Miami, would make the 200+ mile drive to Kissimmee to pick up Kendricks and his brother. The three would then head back to south Florida to fish, sometimes fresh water, sometimes the deep-sea variety. Kendricks reeled in a big carp at nearby Narcoossee last summer, which he’s proud of.

Now, Kendricks said he considers fishing arguably his favorite thing to do in his downtime. It reflects his patience, persistence and intuition, which drew the attention of the Virginia Tech coaches over a year ago. And now that Kendricks is set to play his college career with the Hokies, he said he hopes those characteristics continue to set him apart. And he also hopes to find a good spot in southwest Virginia to fish.

“Me personally, it’s a lake or a river,” Kendricks said. “I don’t really go fishing for certain fish, it’s just whatever. I like the feel of catching a fish and reeling it in. Sometimes, I even play around with it. I like having a fight with the big fish. I go with friends now.”

Kendricks committed to Virginia Tech in late June, then signed his letter of intent in December.