Kennedy corrals Tide offer

Brandon Kennedy was inarguably Alabama's hottest offensive linemen this spring, adding offers seemingly by the day. His momentum continued into the summer, learning of new offers from both in-state SEC schools on Saturday after camping at Alabama. The three-star examines the Crimson Tide extension and details the next step inside.

Adding offers by the bundle in the spring, from college's football's elite, it seemed like only a matter of time before Brandon Kennedy would snag verbal extensions from in-state SEC programs Alabama and Auburn.

On Saturday, the Wetumpka (Ala.) senior-to-be learned that both would be in his back pocket by Monday.

"I had a pretty good day today, I went into the Alabama camp and checked in at 296 pounds, at 6-2 and a half," he said Saturday evening. "I think I did pretty good in the drills and I had a great 1-on-1, I stonewalled some people. I had a great day, showed my agility, that I can move and anchor down on bigger players. I proved myself at camp.

"I worked out everywhere, but my main focus was center and guard. I also took some one-on-one reps at tackle, too."

Kennedy, tabbed three-stars by Scout.com as a projected offensive guard, is being coveted by the Crimson Tide on the interior as well.

"Coach [Mario] Cristobal told me I have great technique, I'm very technical and I got after it well," he said. "He says I'm strong and competitive. They like me on the interior, probably center, but maybe guard. They feel like I could be very good once I get there.

"After the camp, I went up to Nick Saban's office, waited for him to come in, and he sat down and offered. It was unbelievable to get an offer from a school with such prestige."

Both before and after the session in Tuscaloosa, one of the Yellowhammer State's best spoke to several Auburn coaches, and is looking to solidify the Tiger offer with Gus Malzahn sometime Sunday.

The big day is a far cry from where Kennedy once thought he stood with the state's top programs.

"A long time ago, I really didn't know if they cared too much about me," he said. "But I see now that I've proved myself at camps, and at the Alabama camp they've seen what I got and liked me enough to offer me."

Now, with around 20 verbal extensions to his name and options in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten and beyond, a commitment could be expected in the next six weeks or so.

"I want to make a decision at the end of the summer, so that would probably be mid-to-late July, and then shut it down basically," Kennedy said. "I think I want to just wait and pull the trigger for somebody; it would be better that way instead of making a top group. But these two (UA and AU) will be high on the list, I've liked them always, they're in-state and I know how each operates.

"They'll be in the running."

Summer visits to another pair of schools that has offered, Missouri and Louisville, are also likely before a decision is made.


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