"I have definitely seen a turnaround in the whole team and the attitude," Kennion tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Coach Malzahn has done a great job with them honestly. I committed before I knew they were going to be this good. I expected them to be in a rebuilding process even though I expected them to be pretty good. It has kind of surprised me a little bit to be honest."
A 6-7, 230-pounder with the room to easily play at 255-260 on the next level, Kennion has dreams and aspirations to play early for the Tigers in 2014. Watching as Garner rotates as many as a dozen players on the defensive line during a game and gets production from all of them, he says that has him fired up about the future of Auburn's defense.
"That defense is just great," Kennion notes. "I already knew the defensive line was going to be pretty good, especially when I got to meet them over the summer. With guys like Montravius (Adams) and Dee Ford I already knew the defensive line was going to be pretty good."
Raashed Kennion working out at one of Auburn's summer camps
Making several early visits to Auburn this fall to check out games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Kennion was fortunate enough to be one of the many prospects on hand for the amazing last-minute win over the Georgia Bulldogs. Taking in the game with family and fellow defensive end and current Cincinnati commitment Spencer Williams, he says it was just an amazing experience for everyone there.
"It was just mind blowing and made me even more anxious to get there," Kennion says. "The atmosphere and the fans were crazy. Even my God brother who came with me liked it. He loved the fan base and the whole atmosphere and experience he had there."
Originally scheduled to take his official visit to Auburn for this weekend's Iron Bowl, Kennion has put that on hold because his team is still in the playoffs. Still planning to be in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, he says he wouldn't miss this one for anything.
"I'm very excited," Kennion says. "I already know that if the Georgia game was that crazy then the Iron Bowl is going to be twice as crazy. I'm already talking smack on twitter to people."
As for the people saying Auburn doesn't have a chance being a 10-point underdog, Kennion says this team has a chance to shock the world once again.
"I know they do," Kennion says. "I think they've got a great chance and I think they're going to want it more."
First Coast advanced to the third round with a 35-16 win over Lake Mary, the Bucs will take on Apopka at home Friday night. For the season Kennion has 12 sacks and 50 total tackles.