Hawkeyes Land Indiana Linebacker

Carmel (Ind.) junior LB John Kenny makes his decision to head off to the Big Ten.

Carmel High linebacker John Kenny said earlier this week that he was nearing a decision, and it proved to be a truthful statement as today, he made his intentions known.

"I committed to Iowa," he reported. "It's awesome. I loved it there. Ever since I got the offer, I was really interested. After the visit, I had a pretty good idea I was going there. I felt at home and really liked the coaches. I basically feel comfortable with them. They recruited me hard. I was one of their top prospects and I love the atmosphere there, the fans and everything. I feel I fit into their defense and team."

The 6'2, 210-lb Kenny chose the Hawkeyes over Arizona, but also had offers from Indiana, Illinois, Boise State and others. He says early playing time was another positive with Iowa.

"Yeah they said if I work hard, I'll maybe see the field as a freshman or hopefully start as a sophomore because the depth isn't that great, but I'm going to work hard and see what happens. They see me as a LEO, which is their SAM and maybe even WILL and later, if I learn the defense, I can play in the middle, so they can see me at all three."

For that reason, Kirk Ferentz and company were happy to have him on board.

"They were excited. I was talking to Coach Johnson and Coach Woods a lot and they're happy to have me join the family. It's been real exciting."

Kenny becomes part of an Indy connection that the Hawkeyes have built in recruiting, joining David Kenney from Pike as Indianapolis area recruits already in this 2013 class.

"I'm extremely blessed to have all the opportunities programs have given me. I feel like Iowa's the right fit for me. Any other school, I don't think go wrong choosing any of them, but I'm thankful for the opportunities and I just want to keep working hard and have a good career at Iowa."

Last season, he had 120 tackles (19 for loss), eight sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and even two blocked kicks to earn All-State honors.

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