During Sunday's junior day event and subsequent team practice, the Texas A&M coaching staff reeled in three more verbal commitments. The first of those three to commit was Cayuga wide receiver Malcolme Kennedy. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound versatile athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball will be catching passes for offensive coordinator Nolan Cromwell.
"I had kinda decided before getting up there that I was going to commit. It's a great school and I've always liked A&M," Kennedy said. "The people there are so nice. We were leaving and some people walking by didn't know who I was and said "Howdy". Everybody is so friendly. I feel comfortable there."
But if there was any doubts about his commitment those were resolved after a heart-to-heart conversation with Coach Cromwell prior to meeting with Coach Sherman.
"Coming from a 1A school you naturally wonder if you can make that jump up in competition," Kennedy said. Coach Cromwell said he played for a small school in Kansas and he ran a 4.8 forty when he got to college, but he worked hard and the coaches developed him into a pro football player who ran a 4.5 forty. That put my mind at ease."
Kennedy's parents didn't need much convincing about sending their son to Texas A&M. In fact, they've been a proponent of the Aggies and they were hoping their son would feel the same way and commit to the A&M staff this weekend.
"My parents love A&M. They wanted me to go there before I did," Kennedy said. "It's close to home and they can make the drive to my games here. But more importantly, they really like Coach Sherman and the staff. They are good coaches but they also come across as very honest people and my parents like that."
Kennedy said that his commitment on Sunday ends the recruiting process and he's looking forward to spending more time with his future teammates and getting to know the area.
"I'm done. I'm an Aggie. This is where I want to be," Kennedy said. "I plan to come back for the spring game and then do all the summer camps. I'm looking forward to coming back as much as possible."
And the Texas A&M coaching staff is glad to have another good athlete at wide receiver. Kennedy caught 47 passes for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior at Cayuga while also intercepting seven passes as a safety. The Aggies clearly like his skills on the offensive side of the ball.
"They said they like my ability to create space and separation from the defenders," Kennedy said. "They like that I can go up in traffic and find a way to get my hands on the ball and make the catch.
Kennedy is the first wide receiver commit in Texas A&M's 2010 class, and with the two other commitments from Ben Malena and Dominique Patterson yesterday, the Aggies stand at seven commitments overall.
Kennedy Discusses A&M Commitment
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