The visit will be Kennedy's first recruiting trip to UNC. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive guard from Southern Pines (N.C.) Pinecrest has previously visited the campus for a baseball game.
"I want to see how the football program is, how they do things, how's the school, [and] how's the campus," Kennedy said.
About a week ago, Kennedy received a scholarship offer from UNC shortly after Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, made an evaluation visit to Pinecrest High School.
"When I got that offer I was real excited, because Carolina is a great school – not just for football but also for education," Kennedy said.
In less than a month's time, Kennedy has gone from zero scholarship offers to nearly double digits. In addition to UNC, his offers list includes Duke, East Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina.
"I'm really excited about all these offers," Kennedy said. "It feels like all the hard work is finally paying off. Also the offers push me to go a little harder."
The suddenness of the recruiting attention hasn't prevented Kennedy from establishing a group of favorite schools.
"My favorites right now are South Carolina, North Carolina, and Duke," Kennedy said. "With South Carolina, I've been there a few times and I really like the campus. With Carolina and Duke, I just know a little something about them – I haven't really been [to either school]. Carolina and Duke have good football teams and their academics are real high and that's really big to me."
Kennedy says South Carolina has a "slight edge," primarily because it's the only school he's been able to visit.
After visiting UNC on Thursday, Kennedy will schedule trips to Duke and NC State.
Kennedy is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment.
"Maybe [I'll commit] before [the football season], but I can't really say yet," Kennedy said.
Since his sophomore season, Kennedy has started at left tackle for Pinecrest. However, he's being projected as an offensive guard on the collegiate level.
"I really love football, so I'll play any position they put me at," Kennedy said.