Is Kennard Still Wide Open?

Phoenix (AZ) star Devon Kennard is rated the #1 DE in the country by and with the number of scholarship offers he has, it's easy to see why. The talented youngster holds offers from virtually every power program in the country. Has he begun whittling down his list? Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds gives GoBlueWolverine the latest.

Devon Kennard Profile

GoBlueWolverine: Tell us about Devon on and off the field.

Dan Hinds: “He is one of those special kids that does not come around very often. He is a phenomenal football player, but what really makes him special is his character off the field with a 3.9 GPA as a student. Everything he does in his life he takes it very serious and does the best he can do. He is a great leader I will tell you something our school has been open twelve years now and he is the first junior to be elected captain by his peers. He is a phenomenal leader and all around solid kid. I was lucky enough I had Zach Miller and Devon some coaches are not lucky enough to have one kid and I have had two special kids who are the special people off and on the field.”

GoBlueWolverine: Devon has offers from a who’s who of college football. Does he have a top list of schools?

Dan Hinds: “Right now, it is tough to narrow things down because so many offers keep coming in and he wants to see who is interested and what each school has to offer by means of football, academics, and socially. He is looking for the right fit that is the total package. He does not even really talk about his recruiting.”

“I do not agree with kids committing early to a certain college and then take trips to other programs. We try to teach the players that when they make a commitment that they need to make sure and stick to it. If they are interested in taking trips then do not commit to anybody because you are not committed. I think they really need to change the word commitment for football recruiting. We have never had a kid commit to a school and then change during the recruiting process and I believe that has to do with what we tell our kids along with their parents who we try and get very involved.”

GoBlueWolverine: Michigan is one of the teams that has offered, but Ann Arbor isn’t very close to home for him. Will distance play a role in his decision?

Dan Hinds: “Devon said to me he is wide open and is looking to where he can play right away and distance does not seem to be a factor at this time and of course academics will be a huge factor as well. That could change later down the road once he starts narrowing things down, but he seems very open to no matter where the school is located.”

GoBlueWolverine: Who does Devon have helping him with the recruiting process?

Dan Hinds: “He has some very good people who are around him with his decision. Of course he has myself that will help him as much as he wants along with his dad (Derrick Kennard Sr.). He played in the NFL with the Cowboys and has two Super Bowl rings along with his entire family that has been through this process before with their older son Derrick Jr. who is on the Desert Vista coaching staff.”

GoBlueWolverine: Devon has attended junior days at Texas and Arizona. Will he be headed anywhere else anytime soon? Any camps or combines?

Dan Hinds: “Last year he went to USC and we are still trying to figure out if he needs to attend any camps or combines since he has so many offers especially since he is in track this year. In the past he was a three sports star with football, track, and basketball, but this year he will only concentrate on football his senior year. We are getting ready for spring football very soon with ten practices that were allowed helmets and pads only. We should be good again this year with some great leadership.”

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