With Oklahoma State looking to add a top-flight quarterback to its 2014 recruiting class, we thought it would be good to get some insight from Kennedy following this past weekend when the foursome of Scout's top-rated quarterback in the class Kyle Allen of Scottsdale (Desert Mountain), Ariz.; Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill (Northwest), S.C.; Brandon Dawkins out of Westlake Village (Oak Christian), Calif., and Brad Kaaya from West Hills (Chaminade), Calif., all traveled to Stillwater for the Cowboys spring football game. Plus, the Cowboys have interest in David Cornwell, an Elite 11 finals competitor and Nike NFTC Quarterback MVP in Allen, Texas.
Kennedy was very involved when Scout made the move to put Kyle Allen at the top of the quarterback prospects in their ratings. <
"Kyle Allen, I think is head and shoulders above the other guys," said Kennedy. "I loved his tape and he was the number two or three quarterback before I saw him throw in person.
"Then when I saw him throw in person, normally you prepare yourself not to see in person what you see on tape. With Kyle it was opposite, everything I saw on tape it was better in person. He was bigger than I thought, his arm was stronger than I thought, he was more accurate than I was expecting, so we moved him up to the number one quarterback.
"As I was watching him throw I was thinking back over the last several years that as far as pure passers this is the quarterback I like best since Matt Barkley, and Matt Barkley is going to be a first-or second-round draft pick this year," continued Kennedy. "He is teriffic and and if Oklahoma State can get him then they are in pretty good shape regardless."
Of the other quarterbacks on hand in Stillwater last Saturday, Kennedy is mch more familiar with the California pair than Rudolph or Cornwell.
"Rudolph, I don't know as much because I haven't seen him," confessed Kennedy, who is likely to see him later this summer. "Dawkins and Kaaya might be perfect for that situation in that they would not need to play right away.
"Kaaya just started his first football last year and midway through last season he took over the starting position, so he only has about eight starts to his career.
"Dawkins has two years of starting but he still needs to season his ability to read defenses and play in different systems. When he is a one read guy at these camps where it is just drop back and (he's told), 'Brandon, hit this spot,' he is terrific. But when he has to break down and read defenses, he'll have games where he throws four interceptions and he'll have games where he throws four touchdowns."
We've seen Rudolph on tape and in person in Stillwater last Saturday. In person he is as big as listed and looks like a really strong and athletic quarterback. We've also seen his tape and the young man can flat out hum the football. He has also spoke to the LSU Scout site and while it is a "somewhat leading" story, Rudolph seems most interested in two schools, LSU and Oklahoma State. He also spoke of a new offer from Louisville.
His gave high marks to Oklahoma State for the time he spent with Mike Gundy and new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, on the Oklahoma State fans, on the Cowboys spread offense being similar to his high school offense, and the opportunity on the depth chart in th future at OSU. LSU represents stiff competition for the Cowboys with Rudolph, but that would go vice versa as well.
Kennedy has a high opinion of Foster Sawyer, who Oklahoma State was actively recruiting and seemed really in on before he made a pledge to hometown TCU. Kennedy also likes Cornwell, who he saw in Dallas at both Elite 11 and Nike NFTC a few weeks back.
"David Cornwell is wasy to remember because I keep a running list in my head. I'm keeping my own Elite 11 and I'm sure I will publish that at some point," said Kennedy.
"I think David Cornwell is the top quarterback at the camps so far. He is big, strong and accurate. He has big broad shoulders and is listed at 6-5, 215 (pounds) and he'll play at 240. He is a quarterback that can easily throw the ball hard. He doesn't have to wind up or work hard to throw the ball through the wind. He just flicks his wrist the thing jumps out of his hand.
"Accuracy was a concern with him, but when we saw him throw in Texas he was hitting guys on the numbers and it wasn't a concern anymore," he added.
Kennedy will keep on traveling as he has plenty of other stops on the Elite 11 and Nike NFTC tour. It is clear though that he has seen some really strong quarterback prospects and right now the top of his list would seem to be Kyle Allen and David Cornwell.