"Just because of its reputation of being a great football school," Alex Kenney said. "When Notre Dame comes to mind, football is one of the things you think about, and I think it would be a great place to go."
Early in the recruiting process, the 6-foot, 193-pound class-of-2010 receiver from State College, Pa., feels the same way about a lot of other colleges as well.
Penn State, Boston College, Virginia, Stanford and Illinois have already offered the State College Area High standout a written scholarship. He is hearing from plenty of other programs including Notre Dame. Since camping in South Bend, the Irish coaching staff have sent Kenney regular mail and game invites. They also told his head coach they'll be out to visit Kenney in the spring.
"I think it's a great school, a great football program and a great education," Kenney said.
"The campus is probably one of the nicer campuses I've ever been on. I know this year they're struggling a little bit, but they have a nice recruiting class coming in, and they're a young team, so I think they'll be fine."
At Notre Dame's one-day camp, Kenney worked out at receiver. That's the position where most schools are recruiting him, but the versatile athlete is capable of playing several different spots on the next level.
In helping lead his team to a 10-0 record heading into this weekend's state playoffs, Kenney has scored a touchdown five different ways. He's gotten into the end zone by rushing, receiving, a punt return, a kick return and an interception return.
Other than blowout wins, the very fast Kenney hardly ever comes off the field.
"Sometimes I'm in the backfield, sometimes I'm a slot receiver, they put me pretty much anywhere," Kenney explained. "I line up at wideout sometimes too.
"(College recruiters) say they like my speed and my ability to make a big play."
Major college track programs also like Kenney's speed. As a sophomore, he followed up a football season where he rushed for over 1,000 yards and had 12 overall touchdowns, with a pair of top-five finishes at the state meet in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Kenney took 3rd in the 200 and reports a lifetime-best time of 21.64 electronic. He was fifth in the 100, and says his personal best is 10.59 electronic.
"I'd love to do both," Kenney said of football and track. "I know some schools, depending on where you go, football coaches want you to just play football, and some want you to do both. I think it would be cooler to run track and play football."
Kenney has seen the campuses at Penn State, Boston College, Virginia and Notre Dame. He said he'd like to try and make it back to South Bend for the Irish's home season finale against Syracuse the weekend of Nov. 22.
"I would love to attend, but the thing is, as the playoffs go on, my games start to be on Saturday. If I have the opportunity, I will definitely try and go."
Kenney's older brother plays football at Cornell. He has a 3.5 GPA and isn't sure what he wants to major in, in college. Kenney has set no timetable on making a verbal commitment somewhere.
"Some people say when you go to the campus, you just like feel you belong there," Kenney began. "Something like that. Maybe I'm just too young to feel that feeling, but hopefully I'll get that feeling about some college.
"I'm just going to wait and see what happens. I'm not going to make any quick decisions. It's all just a matter of time."