Center Prospect Checks Out the Tigers

Wetumpka High offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy discusses his trip to Auburn as he closes in on making his college choice.

Wetumpka, Ala.--Making his first visit to the Auburn campus since he was offered a scholarship by the Tigers earlier in June, three-star center prospect Brandon Kennedy said the Tigers are on his list of favorites as he prepares to make a summer choice on where he plans to play college football.

"I had a great time meeting with Coach (Malzahn), Coach (J.B.) Grimes and the whole Auburn staff," Kennedy said of his opportunity hang out with AU's head coach and the man who works with the Tigers' offensive line. "I came over with my brother and my brother."

"We toured the campus and had lunch," added Kennedy, whose two previous visits to Auburn were for the 2014 A-Day Game and the 2013 season opener when the Tigers defeated Washington State. "I think I have been to Auburn four or five times," he said.

"I like the campus, the coaching staff and I talked to some of the players and they laid it to me straight how it really is," he pointed out. "I like the feel of Auburn, the atmosphere. I like Coach Grimes a lot. He is a great coach and I think he likes me."

Asked what his strength is as a football player, the class of 2015 prospect said, "I think my physicality is the best thing about me as a football player. I use it very well."

Commenting on what will be important to him in making his college choice, Kennedy said he is looking for the right blend of academics and athletics and how he will be used on the football field.

"Coach Malzahn really laid out the plan on how they want to use me so I feel like I have a very good understanding of that," he said. "Academically, I want to study health science with the intent to go to radiology school."

In addition to Auburn and Alabama, which both offered him a scholarship a week ago, he said that he is also considering offers from Ole Miss, Missouri and Clemson. "I like all of them," he pointed out. Kennedy was offered by Alabama while at camp in Tuscaloosa last week he got his offer from the Tigers via phone call from Malzahn the same day. "That was great," he said of being offered by the state's two SEC programs on the same day.

Asked if he had a favorite while growing up and if that would impact his college choice, he said, "I was an Alabama fan, but who knows."

Kennedy, who noted he wants to make a decision in July before his senior season starts at Wetumpka High, noted that he isn't ready to say who is No. 1 in his eyes. "I don't have any favorites yet, but I do like Auburn," he said. "Auburn is a nice place."

The prospect, who is being recruited as a center by the Tigers, is still learning how to play that position. He got some work there in his 2014 spring game and the 6-2, 295 17-year-old noted he likes it. "I feel like I project very well there (in college). This spring I played center and I feel like I did well and I also played tackle. I think I will play some center this year, depending on the game situation."


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