But, Kennard did not feel ready to make a decision. After the NBC telecast came and went with no announcement, ESPN offered Kennard their National Signing Day platform to announce his decision. Kennard, humbly, declined, and decided to schedule a press conference at his school.
Those four finalists beat out virtually every school in the country that has shown interest in the 6-3, 255-pound pass rushing terror. That type of interest is normal when a player posts 24.5 sacks and 111 tackles, and helps his team to a berth in the state championship game as a junior. That was after a sophomore campaign where he had 81 tackles and seven sacks.
"The thing with Kennard, talking to him and looking at the way he conducts himself, you'd never know he's the second-rated kid in the nation and an All-American," Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds told the Arizona Republic before his senior season. "He's so focused on the game, so focused on not only him being ready for the first game and making sure the whole team is ready."
Unfortunately for Kennard, his senior season did not go as planned. Devon tore his ACL in his right knee against rival Chandler high school in the third game of his season.
Since then, Kennard has taken official visits to three of his four finalists: USC (12/12), Cal (11/22), and Texas (12/19). Before narrowing his list, he also received scholarship offers from UCLA, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, and Oregon, among others.
Stay tuned as Burnt Orange Beat and Scout.com will provide coverage of the press conference and Kennard's final decision.