Kenney Working on UNC Visit

Before making a late summer verbal commitment, Alex Kenney hopes to visit a couple more schools, including North Carolina.

"I'm trying to make a visit there," Kenney said. "I really don't have anything scheduled, as of right now. My dad puts all the schedule stuff together. We start football pretty soon, so I'd like to do it before the end of July."

Kenney, a 6-foot, 181-pound athlete from State College (Pa.), is looking to put together a trip that would include stops at both UNC and Wake Forest.

The only schools Kenney has visited this year are Penn State and Virginia. A year ago, though, he made visits to Boston College, NC State, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest.

Kenney, who plans to end his recruitment with a verbal commitment before his senior football season, claims to be open to all 23 schools that have offered him a scholarship.

"One of these days I'm going to sit down with my parents and my coach and we're going to narrow down my list of schools," Kenney said.

The assumption is Kenney will continue his football career in his hometown by eventually committing to Penn State.

"I don't fault people for thinking that – it makes sense," Kenney said. "But as of right now, I'm open to any school."

In early June, UNC extended Kenney a scholarship offer.

"They sent a lot of mail and I wasn't really expecting it, so I was really happy when I received the [official offer] letter," Kenney said.

Before receiving the offer, Kenney had a phone conversation with John Shoop, his area recruiter.

"He talked about how North Carolina is not only a good football school, but also a prestigious academic school," Kenney said. "It's one of the best public schools in the nation."

Every school, with the exception of Pittsburgh, is recruiting Kenney to play wide receiver. Pitt likes him as a running back.

"I would play whatever helps the team the best," Kenney said.

Playing whatever helps the team is what Kenney does at State College High. He starts in the secondary on defense and lines up at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver in a wing-T offense.

"[My offensive position] depends on a series," Kenney said. "Like sometimes we'll be running a speed-option series, sometimes they'll need me to pass it – it all depends."

Kenney, who has started since his freshman year, rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns during his junior season.

Kenney's football achievements may take a backseat to his track success. In the PIAA Track and Field State Championship Meet, he placed second in the 100-meter dash with a 10.67-second time and fourth in the 200-meter dash with a 21.86-second time. His personal bests are 10.64 and 21.57 seconds in the 100 and 200, respectfully.

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