Kenny Likes Iowa

John Kenny looked forward to getting his first look at Iowa. His trip on Saturday did not disappoint. The '13 Indy area prospect talks about what he saw on his visit to the Hawkeyes and where he's headed next.

In 2011, Iowa reeled in a nice group of prospects out of the Washington D.C. area. A year later, the Hawkeyes cleaned up around Chicago.

Could Indianapolis be the pot of gold for '13?

Iowa already received a verbal commitment from Pike's David Kenney. Shortly after his pledge, the defensive lineman began working on a pair of other defenders from the city.

Linebacker John Kenny of Carmel and Ben Davis' Antonio Allen, a safety, hold Iowa offers. They rank the Hawkeyes high on their list of prospective programs.

Allen has scheduled a visit to Iowa City this weekend. Kenny stopped in for the Hawkeyes' spring practice on Saturday.

"I thought it was awesome," the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder said. "All of the coaches are really good people and I feel like I can fit into their defense really well.

"I had meetings with Coach (Eric) Johnson, Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and Coach (LeVar )Woods. They were all really nice to me. The spring game was fun. It was just a great time."

Kenny also reports scholarship offers from Arizona, Boise State, Illinois and Indiana. He said he's also hearing from Penn State and Florida.

" I don't know if they're close to an offer or anything like that," Kenny said.

Kenny is scheduled to visit Arizona this weekend. He also wants to see Northwestern and Boise State before picking a school.

"I'd like to make a decision before my football season, for sure," Kenny said. "It's definitely earlier rather than later. If I feel like I fit in really well with a school after seeing all of the schools that have offered, I'll commit."

Kenny would like to get another look at Iowa as well.

"I think I'm going to go back in early June with David and maybe Antonio, depending on how his visit goes this Saturday," he said. "We've all talked about Iowa. I'm not sure if it will have any impact on the school we choose, but we're pretty close friends."

Iowa has let Kenny know that he's a priority in the '13 class.

"They're recruiting me very hard," he said. "I would say the hardest of anyone that has offered me. I really think that I fit into their defense and they do, too.

"They think I can be a LEO or a WILL and even the MIKE later in my career, depending on how well I pick up the defense. They said they don't have a lot of depth at linebacker. They think I can add depth and possibly play early if I work hard. They said that players like me have led them to success in the past."

Kenny isn't ready to trim his list of schools. When he does, it sounds like the Hawkeyes could very well make the cut.

"I haven't really come out with a Top 3, but after the visit to Iowa, I liked it a lot," Kenny said. "I can picture myself playing there. But I want to check out all of the other schools that I have told I would visit. Out of the schools that have offered, I really did like the Iowa visit a lot."


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