Kenney Considering IU

David Kenney said on Wednesday night that he is committed to Iowa but considering Indiana. Get the latest on the Class of '13 Indianapolis Pike DE right here.

It isn't a matter of looking away from Iowa. It's just hard not to pay attention to Indiana.

That's the case for Class of 2013 Indianapolis Pike Defensive End David Kenney. He's torn. It's understandable.

Kenney verbally committed to the Hawkeyes in April, the first member of their '13 group that now houses 16 pledges. In June, IU football coach Kevin Wilson hired his father, David Kenney Sr., as his quality control assistant for recruiting.

Kenney said Wednesday night that he's still committed to Iowa but he's considering Indiana. The move has mostly to do with David Sr. being in Bloomington.

"He isn't pushing IU onto me," David Jr. said. "He knows I'm committed to a school. But I asked him what I should do."

Kenney Jr. said beg around his father is the big draw to Indiana.

"My dad is there," he said. "I can really get an honest answer. Iowa is honest but with my dad I know he isn't going to bull-crap me at all."

Not only is Kenney the first verbal commitment in '13, he's also one of only two four-star pledges in the group according to He's the class' 29th ranked player at his position nationally.

Iowa Recruiting Coordinator Eric Johnson called David Jr. Wednesday night.

"He asked if I was still solid (in his Iowa commitment) and I said "Yeah,"" David Jr. said. "He just wanted me to know that I can play there. He said the team wasn't playing well now but that they have some good young players and my class coming in to help."

Iowa is 2-2 heading into this week's Big Ten opener against Minnesota. The Hawkeye coaches are trying to get things headed in the right direction and that includes building for the future.

"I always get the one phone call that they are allowed," David Jr. said. "I also get emails and other messages pretty much every day."

David Jr. said the tough position in which he finds himself has not yet become too stressful.

"I'm still thinking about it but not really to the point where I'm fussing over it," he said. "I still have months until signing day."

Prep prospects in the '13 class can sign national letters of intent beginning in early February. Indiana is working to flip David Jr. by then.

"The D-Line coach said I can play there right now and that's what the head coach said," David Jr. said. "That sounds good to me."

Kenney said he's not alone in looking at Indiana. He said he and fellow '13 Iowa verbal John Kenny along with Indianapolis area classmates Elijah Daniel (undecided), Darius Latham (Wisconsin), Tim Kimbrough (Georgia) and Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) having talked about teaming up as Hoosiers.

"It's the whole Indiana thing, "Kenney said. "If we all went to Indiana, if we all stayed home to play, our defense would be tremendous.

"We've all talked about it."

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