2016 Target: Chance Kennedy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina is the school showing Chance Kennedy, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound receiver from South Mecklenburg High School, the largest amount of attention. It's also the school he's visited the most.

Scouting Report

"The kid has the best feet of anybody I've ever coached," South Meck head coach Rocky White said. "So he's a lot of fun to really watch with the ball in his hands. I see him as a slot receiver/kick returner kind of kid [on the collegiate level]. He might not be the fastest kid if you want to race and run 40s, but when you line him up and try to tackle him it's like tackling a rabbit. He's all over the place."

Prep Career

As a freshman, Kennedy was a part of South Meck's varsity team, primarily playing cornerback and handling kickoff and punt return duties. He slowly emerged as South Meck's shut down cornerback.

"Chance is a guy that we threw in the mix as a ninth grader," White said. "We made the decision that we're going to sink or swim with those guys."

Kennedy was used in the same capacity during his sophomore season – if not more prominently. He accumulated roughly 1,000 yards in returns, while accruing 41 tackles and seven pass breakups. He also was integrated into the offense more, catching 13 passes for 55 yards and rushing seven times for a 3.4-yard average.

"We really haven't been able to utilize his athletic ability on the offensive side of the football like we need to," White said. "So our plan going into next year is to really showcase him on offense."

White plans to start Kennedy at slot receiver, in addition to cornerback. He'll also remain South Meck's main return threat.


North Carolina is the school showing Kennedy the most interest, but he's also receiving interest from schools throughout the region including Duke, Florida, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

Most colleges are recruiting Kennedy as a slot receiver. Along those lines, UNC likes him as an A-back prospect.

"I think they're looking at him as a Ryan Switzer kind of guy," White said.

At Gunter Brewer's invitation, Kennedy attended two UNC football games last fall – Boston College and East Carolina.

"Those experiences were good," Kennedy said. "It was good to see the athletes they have and talking to the coaches – Coach [Larry] Fedora and all them."

Kennedy plans to return to Chapel Hill for UNC's Spring Game on April 12. He also plans to attend several camps this summer, including Florida, Maryland, Michigan, UNC, and South Carolina.

Extra Notes

Football is the only sport that Kennedy participates in but he does work out with South Meck's track team during the offseason… Throughout the year – even during the football season – he works out with a trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays… Kennedy's father, Larry, played defensive back at Florida (1991-94)… Kennedy grew up a Florida and South Carolina fan.

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