Return Trip Even Better For Defensive End

Class of 2014 football prospect Raashed Kennion talks about his latest trip to Auburn.

Jacksonville, Fla.--After impressing Auburn's football coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer with an outstanding performance at AU's one-day prospects camp earlier in June, defensive end Raashed Kennion returned to Auburn on Friday for a more in-depth look at the university.

Bringing his mother with him on the trip, the University of Cincinnati verbal commitment said they were both impressed by what they found and that the Tigers are under serious consideration.

"I got a lot deeper view into the coaches' mindset, how they treat the players and how they are as people," the six-foot-six, 220-pounder said. "It kind of changed me and my whole thought process on how Auburn was."

"I loved the visit and I loved the campus," he said. "The coaches moved me. They gave me a lot of things to think about about college choices."

Kennion said he is still committed to Cincinnati, but added, "Auburn definitely moved up on my list of schools. They are closer to Cincinnati than they were before. I really love the campus and could see myself going there, but I am just not going to de-commit like that. I am going to take everything into consideration.

"I am probably going to take the whole month to think about the differences between Auburn and Cincinnati and the coaching staffs," he added. He pointed out that he felt "very, very comfortable" on his Auburn visit, even more so than he did on his trip to Cincinnati. "I am not sure why," he said. "I know I really like the people at Auburn."

Kennion said he plans to return to Auburn for an official visit this fall. He said that he is also planning to take an official visit to Cincinnati and perhaps one to Georgia Tech, where he is scheduled to take an unofficial visit in July. He is also considering trips to USF and UCF.

An honor student who is interested in majoring in pharmacy, he said that Auburn's program in that area got his attention. "They told me that Auburn has one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation."

Kennion is shown in action at a football camp.

He also noted that his mother liked the visit to Auburn, too. "My mom has a big influence on me and my decision," he said. "She loves the coaches at Auburn."

Both of them like Rodney Garner, Auburn's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. "Coach Garner is a really funny guy," the prospect said. "He was more in-depth with things than he was last time. He got me thinking about a lot of things. I don't know to explain it. It was a different feeling than I have ever had before."

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