Decison Time For Kennedy

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy earned an invite to represent North Carolina in the 2011 Shrine Bowl, and so far he is enjoying every minute of it.

Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest offensive lineman Bryce Kennedy earned an invite to represent North Carolina in the 2011 Shrine Bowl, and so far he is enjoying every minute of it.

"It's been a great experience," he said, laughing. "I love it out here, playing against players just as good as you. It's just a great experience.

"Everybody can play. That's the thing, or they wouldn't be here. It's been real cool... fun."

Kennedy began the morning session on Monday working out at offensive guard, but a shoulder stinger sidelined him for the afternoon session. As it stands now, he plans on playing in the game.

"I'm going to do my best to go," he stated following the afternoon practice.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder held offers from North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Duke, and South Carolina among others when he committed to North Carolina in October. However, following UNC's hiring of Larry Fedora, Kennedy continues to evaluate his decision.

"Right now I still need to talk to the head coach and see what's going on," he said. "I need to see if coach Pittman is staying or if he's not... also talk to [Coach Fedora] and see if he really wants me.

"I'm also talking to NC State. The last time I talked to them was right before I came down here."

A big part of Kennedy's original decision was his relationship with North Carolina offensive line coach Sam Pittman.

"I need to find out what is going on with Coach Pittman," said Kennedy. "That's a big deal for me."

Despite committing to North Carolina, he has maintained contact with NC State, specifically offensive line coach Jim Bridge. What does Kennedy like about the Wolfpack?

"I love the coaching staff and players at NC State," he said. "I had a real, real good connection with coach Bridge. He's always been recruiting me really good. He's been like a father to me. He's a good man."

Bridge isn't the only person doing a good job of recruiting Kennedy for NC State... he is also hearing from Wolfpack commitments James Summers, M.J. Salahuddin, and K'Hadree Hooker. The trio is down at the Shrine Bowl and Kennedy says they've been in his ear about the Wolfpack.

"I knew a few players before coming down here, and the commitments down here from NC State, I know them," he stated. "James Summers, M.J. [Salahuddin], and K'Hadree Hooker... I've been talking to them. They want me to come with them."

It will be a hectic few weeks for Kennedy. Because he is an early enrollee, he has to finalize his decision in the near future so he can enroll in the school of his choice in January.

"I wanted to have my decision finalized by the 19th," he said. "I at least want to have it done by then. At that point I'm going to go ahead and enroll.

"Right now I'm just looking at Carolina and State... just those two."

Kennedy is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 53 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com.


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