His uncle played football at Michigan, as did his cousin Braylon Edwards. But all those ties didn't stop Kearney, a 6-foot-5 wing, from picking Michigan State as his college destination.
"It was real tough," Kearney told Scout.com. "It was up to me. They didn't pressure me on Michigan."
Kearney, of Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern, will formally announce his decision to attend Michigan State at a press conference at his high school at 11.
"I would say the main reason I picked Michigan State was because everything I wanted in a university they can give me," he said. "I like coach Izzo and the way he coaches. That's just where I wanted to go."
The Spartans have been impressive on the recruiting trail recently. They scored a commitment from 2010 five-star prospect Adreian Payne last week, and now have picked up a four-star prospect in the 2011 class.
Kearney, who is ranked No. 9 on Scout.com's small forward list, is MSU's first commitment in the 2011 class. He picked MSU over Ohio State and Michigan.