At 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, Rashad Kenney can be physical on the defensive side of the ball and absorb hits while on offense, and expect him to fill out even more in the coming year. But his most outstanding attribute became clear after just a brief workout recently at the Pittsburgh Prospects Camp.
"I'm pretty fast, but I haven't run a lot of 40s,'' Kenney said. "I guess I've run about a 4.3 or 4.4. I run track, too, so my speed is my best asset. And I'm working real hard to get a lot stronger for this season.''
At the Pitt camp, Kenney joined fellow Quips player Juantez Hollins, who committed to the Panthers in June. And the younger player wouldn't mind following Hollins' lead in the recruiting game.
"I really haven't talked to many coaches,'' Kenney said. "I guess they don't know much about me, but that's why I came here. And it doesn't hurt me to play for Aliquippa. People know about us.''
When Hollins signs with Pitt in February, 2009, it will mark the third straight year that Aliquippa sent a player to the Panthers.
"Sure, I'd like to get all the attention Juantez is getting, but I don't know,'' Kenney said. "I'm kind of new to all this.''
According to Sherman McBride, Aliquippa assistant coach, interest should pick up for Kenney if he continues to show improvement this season.
"It's going to happen, but it's hard to say when,'' McBride said. "Rashad's very talented, fast and athletic, but he's young. He has to get out there and show what he can do. That's why I brought him down here with Juantez. This is a good opportunity for him at Pitt, and it should help him going into the season.''
Kenney looked forward to that occurrence.
"I want to do good at these camps and have a real good season,'' Kenney said. "That way, schools like Pitt will look at me. I like everything about Pitt. It's close to home, and a lot of Quips are there. So, it's a place I'd like to be.''
And after a big junior season, the Panthers could feel just as strongly about Kenney.
2010 Prospect: Rashad Kenney
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