Pinecrest offensive guard Bryce Kennedy has significantly narrowed his focus and NC State appears to be in a strong position with him.
Kennedy, the No. 52 offensive guard in the nation, attended an NC State scrimmage recently. His experience in Raleigh helped him to see that he hadn't made a mistake when he included the Pack on his most recent list of favorites.
"I was at the last scrimmage they had and it was good," Kennedy told Pack Pride. "I got to hang out with some of the other recruits and commits that were there. I got to sit in the press box and talk to the players and watch them practice.
"As for the coaches, I talked to Coach Bridge and Coach O'Brien a little bit. Not a lot but a little bit. They really just want me to go to a game. I watched a few of the drills they do and I was in the film room with the coaches for a little bit."
It's a good bet that Kennedy will in fact return for a game this fall. He told Pack Pride that it's a near certainty that he will take an official visit to NC State. He's also probably going to take officials to South Carolina, Duke and North Carolina.
What does the Pack have working in its favor?
"Me and Coach Bridge are real tight," he explained. "I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other coach."
While the in-state schools have made an impression, South Carolina has done well for itself too.
"I've known Coach Elliott for four years now. He knows me as a person. I like their campus and their facilities. Their weight room is really nice," he noted.
Kennedy wants to take his official visits in September or October so he will have plenty of time to make his choice. That said, Kennedy pointed out that he hopes to make his decision shortly after he has taken those four official visits. There's a chance he could take a fifth official to a school he hasn't thought of yet but that's just a possibility at this point.
"They're all pretty much up there and even," he said of the four schools he's planning on visiting. "I just need to go to a few games and see how they run things."
Kennedy said he will be taking a closer look at the depth charts at all of the schools recruiting him so he knows what kind of potential for early playing time he will have. While playing time is not the only thing he will be looking at, like most other recruits Kennedy doesn't want to be buried on the depth chart with little hope of seeing the field.
Kennedy Enjoys Recent Visit to State
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