USC, Texas showdown for Kennard

Phoenix, Arizona Desert Vista's Devon Kennard just finished up back to back weekends of official visits to the University of Southern California and the University of Texas. The 6-3, 255-pound defensive end is now ready to sit back with his family and weigh his options for his college career. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Devon's brother, Derek, about the trip to Austin.'s #1 rated defensive end in the country, Devon Kennard, has been a busy man the last two weeks. Kennard and his brother Derek traveled to USC for an official visit on the weekend of December 12 before flying east to Austin, Texas to visit the Longhorns for the weekend of December 19. The return trip from Austin took a little bit more time than expected as weather delays wreaked havoc on travel plans.

"Devon and I got back late last night. Our flight was delayed," said Derek.

The Austin experience, however, was much better than the return flight.

"We got in on Friday afternoon and had dinner with the (Texas) coaching staff and Blaine Irby. It was a great trip for him (Devon). He enjoyed himself a lot," said Derek.

Most of the day Saturday was spent observing practice and meeting with the academics people before another meal – this time with Nagurski, Hendricks, and Lombardi-winning defensive end Brian Orakpo.

"It was phenomenal. Devon got to pick his (Orakpo) brain," added Derek.

Many recruiting fans were worried that most of the Texas campus was already headed home for the holidays and therefore, the coaching staff could not roll out the red carpet for Kennard.

"It was nice that the campus was quiet. Devon got to just hang out with the guys, and see what the guys were like," said Derek.

Derek says that Devon is now in a position to sit back with his family and evaluate his options with Texas and USC.

"Both schools have great tradition, great coaches, great everything. For Texas, Devon is a great fit for their scheme. He plays in a great spot to make plays and they have a need at his position," said Derek. He continued, "Derek can't make a bad decision between the two, but there is a better decision. He just needs to evaluate the options and make his own choice."

That decision could be as early as next week.

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