Carmel (IN) High Football Coach Kevin Wright asked John Kenny to be patient. He promised him that once he helped his seniors through signing day, he would get to work on promoting his talented junior linebacker.
Once he started, Wright found out that selling Kenny to college coaches was going to be a pretty easy gig.
Last week, Arizona, Iowa and Indiana all came forward with scholarship offers for the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder. Penn State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Boise State also have shown strong interest, he reports.
"It's been fun," Kenny said. "It's exciting talking to the different schools. This past week has been kind of crazy. I've been scheduling out all of the places I'm going to visit. I'm looking forward to it."
Kenny is expected to start his tour at Penn State next week followed by a trip to Indiana on Feb. 28. He's then hoping to get to Iowa and Arizona before his scheduled junior day at Illinois on March 10.
"I talked to Coach Wright about it," Kenny said. "I think I'm going to pick a school before my senior season, maybe even before the beginning of summer."
Kenny followed Penn State because his father is from Pennsylvania, but he said he didn't have a favorite team growing up in Indiana.
Carmel runs a 3-4 defense with Kenny on the outside.
"I'm on the tight end when there's a tight end," he said. "I play to the field. I blitz. I cover the two receiver."
Kenny said that college coaches appreciate his speed and instincts at linebacker.
"They feel like I'm a playmaker from the film that they've seen," he said.
Kenny, who is considering a business major, knows for what he's looking in a college.
"I would like for the coaches and the program to be cool," he said. "I would like to build a nice relationship with them. I'd like to go to a winning program and play in a big conference."
Iowa is a team off to a strong start in its pursuit of Kenny.
"I've been getting stuff from Iowa for a while," he said. "When I talked to Coach (Eric) Johnson, he was really nice and talked about the defenses they've had. They've had some really good linebackers. That was cool to hear. I know that they've always been good in the Big Ten and it would be sweet to play at a program like that."
After his tour of unofficial visits this winter and spring, Kenny plans to trim his list of potential schools down and work off of it.