Florida QB Looks North

Last recruiting season, Penn State cast its net into the Sunshine State of Florida in an attempt to expand its recruiting base. This year seems no different, as the Nittany Lion staff has begun the recruiting process of several Florida prospects.

Enter Tony Kennedy.

Kennedy, a 6-foot, 205-pound quarterback prospect from George W. Jenkins High in Lakeland, just outside of Orlando in central Florida, has heard from Penn State and has reciprocated the interest.

“It's a really long process, but it's been good and fun,” Kennedy said. “I really haven't had the chance to get out there and look at a lot of the schools, but the ones that I have looked at are Miami and Florida State, and Penn State because my grandparents live up in the North.”

In addition to schools like the Hurricanes, Seminoles and Nittany Lions, Kennedy has also received interest from Ohio State. As for Penn State, Kennedy said he likes the location, tradition and caliber of talent produced by the school every year.

“Growing up, LaVar Arrington … I mean there are a bunch of great athletes that come from [Penn State],” Kennedy said. “My grandfather attended a class at Penn State. I don't know if it was a graduate class, but I know he did go there.”

Specifically, Kennedy's grandparents currently live in West Virginia and regularly make the trip to Happy Valley to watch the Nittany Lions play football.

“They don't like West Virginia, I don't know why,” Kennedy said. “They do the Nittany Lion thing.”

Kennedy's recruitment was delayed by Hurricane Charlie, which hit Florida in the late summer of 2004. As a result, many if not all of his documented communications with schools were lost.

“I received some letters from [Penn State],” Kennedy said. “The first letter I ever received was from Penn State, which was in the spring of my ninth grade year. During Hurricane Charlie our house flooded and I lost the documents. I was unable to get out my information to them. I recently called their football office and sent them my questionnaire. One of their coaches sent me an e-mail and asked me to attend one of their summer camps.”

Kennedy, who is also originally from West Virginia, moved to Florida several years ago, and now is considering a move back North to attend college.

“I'm pretty new to the area,” Kennedy said. “It's fun, but I'm kind of homesick. It's one of the biggest reasons I want to look up North.”

As for his style of play?

“I'm more versatile,” Kennedy said. “I can adapt to basically anything. I like to run the option, the spread option in particular. It gives me the chance to see everything. I feel more comfortable in that. Growing up, the main offense I've adapted to is the triple option. I'm 18 now, I've been playing for 13 years, and I bet eight of those 13 year' I've played the option.”

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