Recruiting Update - Dennis Kennedy

Ft. Lauderdale prospect Dennis Kennedy has been flying under the radar as far as recruiting rankings go, but we caught up with this player, and he gave an impressive list of offers. Where do the Buckeyes stand?

Following up on a post on the Bucknuts Ask the Insiders message board, we recently contacted RB Dennis Kennedy of Stranahan HS of Ft. Lauderdale, FL to confirm whether or not he had received an offer from the Buckeyes. After speaking with Kennedy, it can be confirmed that he has received an offer from the Ohio State, and he also has received offers from Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, East Carolina, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Michigan State.

Kennedy is a player that not many people have heard of, but he is a self-described Emmitt Smith type player. He is a smaller back like Emmitt Smith at 5'11", 195 lbs with 4.4 speed. Kennedy is explosive off the line of scrimmage and is great at breaking the first tackle. He is a go-to-guy and tries to emulate Emmitt Smith's cutting ability when he is carrying the ball.

Kennedy projects to be a RB in college and has the Buckeyes high on his list with Pitt coming in at second. He is drawn by the rich Buckeye tradition and experienced coaching staff.

"I have been working on my awareness a lot this off season with my coach," explains Kennedy. "I have been doing cone drills and have been in the weight room everyday. Pass blocking is another thing I have been working on"

Leading the state in rushing and bringing home a state championship are a couple of goals Kennedy has his sights set on for the 2003 season. Despite being sidelined two games last season with an injury, Kennedy registered 882 yards, crossed the goal line 9 times, and had a 99-yard kick return.

Balancing the demands of academics and lettering in three sports is challenging for Kennedy, but he excels in the classroom and on the various fields of competition. He is a point guard for the Stranahan basketball team and runs the 100, 200, 4x1, long jump, and triple jump events for the track team.

Kennedy plans on studying pre-law or sports management in college. "I have always had a strong interest in law, and sports management comes along with playing football," he says.

With a host of respectable offers, fans can look forward to hearing more about RB Dennis Kennedy once the 2003 season kicks off.

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