6-3, 285 pounds
Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines, NC
Commit Date: 12-27-2011
Recruiting Scene: Kennedy earned early interest from UNC, South Carolina, NC State and East Carolina but as the summer wore on it became clear that the Heels and Wolfpack were the main contenders. State was able to host him on several occasions and appeared to be in great shape after his official visit to Raleigh on Oct 4. However, Kennedy would make an unofficial visit to UNC the following weekend and promptly committed to the Tar Heels.
NC State never relented in their pursuit of Kennedy, however, and by the time the Shrine Bowl rolled around in December, were right back in the thick of it.
The Pack's loyalty combined with questions surrounding UNC due to possible NCAA sanctions tilted Kennedy back in State's favor and he committed to the Wolfpack shortly after Christmas.
Why NC State? "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."
Picked NC State Over: UNC
Scouting Report: "We've worked him both sides at [offensive] tackle this week. We're hoping to rotate him around so he could play both sides. We hope to rotate all three [tackles] around. We've had some injuries that we've had to adjust to, but [rotating at both tackles] is the plan.
"[Kennedy] was an unknown quantity. I've seen some junior film on him, I didn't see him at a combine, [and] he wasn't at the invite-only [Shrine Bowl practice]. But I've been real pleased with him [in practice this week].
"We had a couple [offensive linemen] that dropped off for us. When [Brock] Stadnik decided he wasn't going to play, [Kennedy] was the next one on our list to go play. [Shrine Bowl assistant coach Richard] Bailey played against him and said, ‘This is a kid we need to take.' That was fine with me, because we needed a big strong kid. It seemed like in the past, North Carolina has been overmatched strength wise, but [Kennedy] is a big, strong kid.
"He's a smart kid. He's going to know where to be, where to position himself. I can't wait to see him a little bit more full speed and moving his feet, because he's been injured. In the first day of contact, he picked everything up right away." - Shrine Bowl offensive line coach Barry Shuford