But the Wetumpka (Ala.) star’s weekend was just beginning.
The Scout three-star offensive lineman then headed to Tuscaloosa for a final trip to Alabama, the only official visit to be taken, before he enrolls at the university in early January.
“It went great, I got to spend time with the players and coaches, and overall had a great time,” he said. “It was kind of like other trips, we just had better food, and plus they pay for everything (this time).”
Kennedy was hosted by fellow center and current ‘Bama frosh J.C. Hassenauer on Saturday evening.
“He was a really cool guy, he told me a lot about things and we basically just had fun that night,” he said. “He kept me up on all things, Alabama.”
While the official visitors, which also included Alabama commitment DeSherrius Flowers among others, were with the players – parents got an exclusive treat. It is the venue where Nick Saban’s dancing has been captured before going viral.
“My mother came, she loved it,” Kennedy said. “She had a great time. That night, they went to Coach Saban’s house. All the parents did, she had a good time.”
Before heading back to Wetumpka, there were meetings with the exercise science department as well as more of the football variety between the nation’s No. 28 offensive guard and his future coaches including offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.
“They were talking to me about playing center and guard, and just being able to play both,” he said. “They just want me to be ready.”
Part of the preparation for Kennedy was put in last week in Montgomery, going up against talented defenders like Daron Payne and Jared Gentry. He’ll do it one more time in Orlando, Florida, for the Under Armour All-America Game just days before enrolling at Alabama.
“I just learned that I need to keep working on my craft,” he said of his last week of work. “My snaps weren’t great (in the game), we were just a little anxious. We tried to settle down. Cotton (72) and Kennedy (73) double-team 5-star Payne (93)
“But the (Mississippi defensive lineman) did not compare to the ‘Bama guys, Daron Payne is very physical. His potential is high, he can be great. His strength, and him being that big and that agile, that will be real good for him.”
Kennedy, who has already signed with UA, also played alongside fellow Crimson Tide commitment Lester Cotton (pictured above) while in Montgomery.
“Me and him will get along well in college, it will be great playing next to him if we get that chance,” he said.
Kennedy in action earlier this fall: