Devon Kennard is Scout.com's number 1 defensive end prospect in the country, and comes in at number 5 overall in their initial Scout 300 list. Kennard is from Phoenix, AZ, starring for Desert Vista High. Last year, the 6'4" 248 pound standout had 111 tackles and 24.5 sacks. On Thursday Kennard received an offer from Florida State, and NoleDigest caught up with the handler of his recruitment, Derrick Kennard, to get his thoughts on the offer.
"The coach from Florida State called the high school (Thursday) to tell us that they have offered Devon. We didn't get a chance to speak to the coaches yet, but Devon is happy with the offer. He called me and told me, hey, FSU offered me. He is a very hard worker and takes these scholarship offers very seriously. The schools that are offering are big-time programs. This has been special. With FSU, they have great tradition."
Derrick Kennard, who also is the defensive line coach at Desert Vista, says that Devon has a ton offers at this time, saying that he really isn't sure of the number any more.
"Recruiting has been going good for Devon. He has a lot of good choices. It is a good problem to have. I've lost track of the amount of offers. It may somewhere around 30 or so. The whole Pac-10, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Clemson and now FSU have offered. Schools from across the whole country are interested in him right now."
Derrick states that his brother has a list of schools that are standing out at this time, but is quick to state that he is also open at this point in time.
"Devon has some schools that are standing out and they know who they are, but he is also looking for the right fit. Come spring and summer, we are going to be checking out some schools with some visits and all. FSU just got into contact really, so I don't know where they stand. But they'll probably get a visit sometime this summer."
Devon has a list of aspects that he is looking for in a school, and when combined, they will provide the best fit for him.
"Number one is academics. He has a 3.93 GPA, so obviously he is head-strong. He is very much on top of his academics and is locked in to them. He also wants to go somewhere where he can compete for early playing time. He wants to be able to get on the field someway his freshman year. Overall it's going to come down to comfort and fit with the coaching staff. The location and surroundings will play a part. Sure it would be great for him to stay close to home, but if the best fit for him is across the country, that is where he is going to go. It is his choice and he knows he has to attend that school for 4 years."
Devon was bestowed the lofty ranking as a top 5 recruit according to Scout.com. As a player, Devon has a motor that doesn't stop, and he is a flat-out playmaker at the defensive end position.
"He is a playmaker, period. He is a ferocious competitor and he has a high motor that doesn't stop. He doesn't quit on plays. He is very technical and impressive with how he uses his hands. Basically, he is a hound dog coming off the end because he is always trying to make plays. Most of all, he has fun with it."
"Right now he is trying not to be complacent where he is at. We work everyday at getting better in every facet of his game. We watch film everyday and break it down see what he could've done better in certain spots. He wants to get to states this year and win that championship. If you aren't getting better, you aren't trying. Devon is trying to do that; get better."
Derrick says that Devon is pretty open, so look for Florida State to go all out for this explosive playmaker. While they have offered later than other schools, the coaches like this prospect very much. Now they have to impress the 5-star standout and lock up a visit in the summer. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Devon and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.