Kenny Takes Iowa Official

John Kenny took his official visit to Iowa during the weekend after verbally committing to the Hawkeyes in April. He talked about the trip and where he stands with his pledge in this story.

Despite his longtime commitment to Iowa, John Kenny is answering a lot of recruiting questions lately. Most of them have to do with him looking at Indiana.

The 2013 verbal from Carmel (IN) High fell into the news when good friend and fellow Hawkeye commitment David Kenney re-opened his recruitment about a week ago. Kenny officially visited Iowa during the weekend.

"(The Iowa coaches) were a little bit worried about that," Kenny said. "I told them (this weekend) that I fit in with them the best. It's 100 percent. I won't change my mind."

The coaches minds can't be eased when seeing other highly-regarded, Indianapolis-area prospects in this class decommit from other schools. The group could all be headed to the home-state Hoosiers, to whom Kenney committed to on Sunday.

Kenny hung out with fellow Iowa verbals Malik Rucker, Ike Boettger, Sean Welsh and Brant Gressel this weekend. Uncommitted '14 OL Ross Pierschbacher and '13 RB Berkley Edwards joined that group.

"I was with Berkley the whole time because it was his official, too," Kenny said. "I think he liked it. I know he has a Top 3 schools (Iowa, Minnesota, California). I guess we'll see after the season."

Kenny said the recruits did discuss Kenney's decommitment.

"We didn't talk about it much," he said. "The topic only came up once and it was like for a minute. It wasn't that big of a deal for everyone."

Members of the current team played host to Kenny. They showed him around Saturday night after the 38-14 loss to Penn State.

"It was an awesome time," Kenny said of the visit. "It was my first game in Kinnick and the stadium was rocking. The fans were awesome there."

Kenny was the first 2013 verbal commitment to officially visit Iowa. The others planned to take their trips in January before signing national letters of intent the next month.

"I'm enrolling early so I'll be there like January 19th," Kenny said. "I think those players are going to take theirs when I'll already be there."

Kenny will participate in spring drills.

"I know other players who wanted to do it," he said. "Ever since I got my first offer, it was something I really wanted to do. Looking at the linebacker depth and just getting into the strength program with Coach (Chris) Doyle, (Ferentz) thinks it's going to be a big advantage."

Kenny is unsure on his college major.

"I'm just taking the general stuff that you have to take before you decide and then also a time management course for athletes that they make you take; just get some classes under my belt," he said.

Kenny's parents visited Iowa with him on separate occasions. They all were together during the weekend.

"My mom started crying when the team ran out. She's emotional like that," Kenny said. "It was fun because they both love the coaches and the people around there. That's what it really comes down to. So, it was good to get them there for a game. Everyone is on the same page."


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