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Reidsville High School star offered scholarship to play football and basketball at UNC

REIDSVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) — As just an upcoming high school junior, Kendre Harrison boasts an insanely impressive athletic resume and has just added another notch to his belt.

Harrison — a junior at Reidsville High School who stands at 6-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 243 pounds — holds the rare distinction of being a top prospect in both basketball and football.

Harrison is ranked by 247Sports as a four-star prospect in basketball for the Class of 2026. He is the 25th-ranked player in the nation and the second-best player in the state of North Carolina. He is ranked as a five-star prospect by 247Sports in football and is considered the sixth-best player in the Class of 2026 as a tight end.

While Harrison has received offers from many top schools to play football, one major local university wants him to play both sports.

Harrison had already been offered a scholarship to play football for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by head coach Mack Brown. Now, he has been offered a scholarship to play basketball at the school by head coach Hubert Davis.

247Sports reports that Davis met with Harrison and extended the offer while he was in town for UNC’s June football camp on Thursday.

Harrison’s stock has skyrocketed in the last year as helped lead Reidsville to state championships in both football and basketball last season.

The accomplishments of both teams were recognized by North Carolina State Representatives on Wednesday.

For the season on the basketball court, Harrison averaged 19.4 points per game, 15.1 rebounds per game and 3.7 blocks per game, according to MaxPreps.

He scored 19 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead the Rams to the title over Farmville Central High School in a thrilling 78-77 overtime victory.

He also went viral after shattering the backboard with a vicious slam dunk against Morehead High School in February.

On the football field, Harrison’s accomplishments are even more impressive. He helped lead the Rams to a state championship in football as well.

He played both tight end and defensive end for the 15-1 champion Rams during the 2023-24 season.

On offense, Harrison recorded 62 catches, 940 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign, according to MaxPreps.

On defense, he recorded 76 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks and 30 quarterback hurries.

In the championship game against Clinton High School, Harrison recorded five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-18 win for the Rams, according to MaxPreps. He also recorded six tackles and a sack.

He has received scholarship offers from the following schools to play football:

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas
  • Auburn University
  • University of Colorado
  • East Carolina University
  • University of Florida
  • Florida State University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Lousiville University
  • University of Michigan
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Notre Dame University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
  • University of Oregon
  • Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Wake Forest University
  • West Virginia University
  • Duke University

Harrison says that he desires to play both football and basketball in college.

If he were to go to UNC, he would follow in the footsteps of several other Tar Heel greats who played both sports.

The most famous example is of course Julius Peppers, who went on to become a Pro Football Hall of Fame player for the Carolina Panthers.

Julius Peppers (Getty Images)

Another prominent example is Ronald Curry, who played quarterback and guard for UNC and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.

Ronald Curry (Getty Images)

Source: Fox 8 News Channel

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