"I'm still going to NC State," said Kennedy. "The new Carolina coaches came by yesterday and talked to me. They were talking about how they really wanted me to go there and not just because I was committed before. They said I fit what they are looking for, and I could help them.
"But, I told them I wasn't going to change my mind. I'm going to State. I'm not too sure how they felt about it... I guess they were fine with it."
What sold Kennedy on the Wolfpack?
"I liked the coaches a lot at State and Carolina equally so when they left Carolina that pretty much did it for me," he said. "When I told the State coaches they were real happy, excited to get me.
"I've got a great relationship with coach Bridge, and I've been talking with him a long time so he had a feeling I was going to go there."
What makes Kennedy's final decision so important is that he is a January enrollee. He stated that he has already submitted his paperwork to NC State, and he moves in to his dorm on Saturday. Spring semester classes begin at NC State on Monday.
"I'm excited," he said. "I can't wait to get up there and get to work."
Kennedy has played offensive and defensive line for Pinecrest High School but will play exclusively on offense for NC State.
"I think I'm coming in on the second-string," said Kennedy. "So it's good I'm coming in January so I can get some spring practice reps. From what the coaches have told me I'll be playing right guard."
Kennedy is currently rated a three-star prospect and the No. 54 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.