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61 DAYS TO 2022 KICKOFF: Kendrick Jones

In which BracketCat counts down the 61st day until the 2022 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Kendrick Jones.

#82 Adrian Hilburn
Freshman walk-on Kendrick Jones will be the first Wildcat wide receiver to wear No. 82 since Adrian Hilburn (82), he of the infamous “bowl salute.”
Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

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#82 Kendrick Jones

True Freshman | 6-4 | 187 lbs. | Shawnee, Kansas
Kendrick Jones
Kendrick Jones
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Kendrick Jones (b. May 1, 2003) is a preferred walk-on wide receiver from Mill Valley High School in Shawnee who plans on majoring in athletic training and rehabilitation sciences.

Jones, who likely will redshirt in 2022, played under head coach Joel Applebee at Mill Valley, where he was a first-team all-state performer and named to The Wichita Eagle’s Top 11 team as a senior after posting 667 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 41 receptions while rushing 10 times for 113 yards and two more scores.

He also was named a finalist for the 2021 Sports in Kansas Player of the Year award and was a Kansas Shrine Bowl selection.

Jones helped the Jaguars to earn a 13-1 record and a state championship as a senior.

He carded 548 receiving yards and five touchdowns as a junior, posted 377 yards and three scores as a sophomore, and totaled 401 kickoff return yards throughout his prep career.

Jones also competed in baseball and basketball. He walked on at K-State over recruiting interest from Benedictine and Independence Community College.