Kennedy Returns Fedora's Call

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- North Carolina verbal commitment Bryce Kennedy was among the first recruits Larry Fedora called as the Tar Heels head coach. Kennedy just didn't realize it until a few days later.

"It's a relief," Kennedy said. "I know that they're still interested in me. I was thinking, ‘Why hasn't he called me yet? Was I not important enough to get a call?' It turned out that he did. It's funny to look at it now."

Kennedy, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Southern Pines (N.C.) Pinecrest, didn't notice Fedora's missed call until late Sunday. He called Fedora back on Monday night and spoke to him.

"He was telling me that everything was going to be okay – just have faith in him," Kennedy said. "He said he's going to lead the team to some championships and everything is going to be good."

Fedora also discussed Kennedy's greatest concern: the offensive line coach situation.

"I asked him about it and he said he will bring in a good O-line coach that I could trust," Kennedy said. "He said he's trying to find [coaches] now to bring in who are committed."

Kennedy has stuck to his commitment. However, with his January enrollment quickly approaching, Kennedy, who has also taken official visits to East Carolina and NC State, began to look into other options when Fedora was hired.

"I'm going to talk to my coaches and my parents about what is best for me," Kennedy said. "I'll probably go home [after the Shrine Bowl], talk to my parents more and by the 19th [of December] I should know for sure the school I'm going to go to."

In the meantime, Kennedy is attempting to focus on representing North Carolina in the 75th Annual Shrine Bowl. That's been difficult, though, since a shoulder stinger suffered in the first practice has forced him to miss two practices and limited him in another.

"I hit a dude and it just kept hurting," Kennedy said. "Knowing me, I just kept playing on it because I just want to play and it got worst. It's swollen. They said I have some fluid in my shoulder. It's getting better, though."

When he has been on the practice field, Kennedy has been rotating into the two offensive tackle positions.

Off the field, Kennedy has been able to meet several other recruits, including potential future UNC teammate Damien Washington.

"They're all great guys," Kennedy said. "They all work hard, we all want to win, and we have a good camaraderie."

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