Louisville offers five-star pass rusher

In need of top-flight talent on the defensive line, Louisville has thrown their hat into the ring for Scout.com's No. 1-ranked defensive end prospect in the nation – 6-4, 245-pound Devon Kennard from Desert Vista HS in Phoenix, Arizona.

In need of top-flight talent on the defensive line, Louisville has thrown their hat into the ring for Scout.com's No. 1-ranked defensive end prospect in the nation – 6-4, 245-pound Devon Kennard from Desert Vista HS in Phoenix, Arizona.

Late last week, Scout.com learned that the Cardinals formally offered a scholarship to the talented Kennard.

All of college football's biggest heavy-weights are already lining up for Kennard. Tennessee, Texas, Miami, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and USC are only some of the 21 programs Kennard has received offers from.

"Right now I am in awe," Kennard told Scout.com. "Honestly, I mean that. I am very thankful to be in this position and have this opportunity. It's humbling and makes me want to work even harder. I am just so thankful that I have been blessed."

Kennard, 6-4 and 245 pounds, is an amazing prospect from Phoenix (Az.) Desert Vista High School. Last season as a junior, Kennard recorded 111 tackles and 24.5 sacks. He is the nation's top defensive end prospect and the No. 5 ranked player in the country, according to Scout.com.

"Kennard is a cat quick pass rusher off the edge," says Scout.com analyst Jamie Newberg. "He has an incredible first step, great speed and can beat on offensive lineman with his athletic ability, technique or just pure power. When it comes to pass rushers among his peers, Kennard has set the bar for this class."

"Right now the process is wide open," Devon's brother, Derek, told Scout.com. "Over the spring and summer we are going to go out and get to see some campuses. Devon understands that this is a life altering decision and he will be very aggressive with it. He has really handled it well."

Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Cal, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Arizona, and Arizona State are just some schools on the Kennard spring/summer tour. They will hit the road soon, starting in the Pac 10 and likely working their way east.

Kennard is also an outstanding student, boasting a 3.96 GPA.


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