#1-Ranked DE on His UCLA Visit

Phoneix (Ariz.) Desert Vista's Devon Kennard, the #1-ranked defensive end prospect in the nation, took a trip to California this last weekend, and he talks about being on the campuses of both UCLA and USC...

With 27 known offers from programs from all over the country, five-star defensive end Devon Kennard now has the task of starting to sort through and start narrowing down his choices.

He was on campus at USC and UCLA this past weekend and had previously spent time at Texas and Arizona State.

Scout.com caught up with Kennard to see how his busy weekend in California went and to see how these schools stacked up to the ones he had previously visited.

He spent Saturday morning at USC to watch their Spring game and says, "The atmosphere was amazing. I got to get with the coaches and sit in on meetings. You can just feel the enthusiasm that Coach Carroll and the other coaches bring. He has hired coaches that he wanted to bring that to the program and that would be a good way to go out to practice everyday."

And the Trojan staff would be happy to have the #1 ranked d-end in the country but Kennard says he feels no pressure from Carroll or his staff. "They did ask what it would take to get me there but I think they were just happy for me too see what happens at USC."

Devon, his brother Derek and a few high school teammates then headed up to UCLA's junior day. It was Kennard's first time on campus and he seemed impressed. "The campus is amazing, it is a beautiful place." He adds, "I got a whole tour of campus and the dorm rooms and it seems like a good environment for learning."

On the footbal program he states, "I got to meet Coach Neuheisel and I feel he will turn the program around. If I did go there it would be good to be a part of that."

He was also impressed by the number or NFL players defensive line coach Todd Howard has coached.

He says that Neuheisel and Howard see him as an end they could use to get after the quarterback. "They run a 4-3 and some 3-5 and do drop the ends but for the most part they run a traditional 4-3 and they see me as a pass rushing end."

Kennard has shown a knack for harrassing QBs, evidenced by his 24.5 sacks as a junior.

Comparing USC and UCLA to ASU and Texas, "All are big programs so there isn't anything I can say that I didn't like. But there are definitely more schools that I want to check out. So far there have been different things I have liked about each so far. But once I visit more schools, I will be able to narrow it down."

So what other schools may end up getting a visit? "I am not sure where else I want to go," he says. Mentally there are a few schools I have knocked out but I haven't talked to those coaches yet and don't want to put that out there. I am planning on making more visits. People always say that it is between ASU and USC but I don't know where they got that from because that has never come out of my mouth."

Some factors when he does make a choice, "I want to feel at home, no matter if it's in California or on the East coast. It will also be about the opportunity I will get and being able to be the player I hope to be. I plan on going to a big school so I know I will get the competition."

A time table for a decision? "I might shorten my list in the summer or during the season, I am not sure but one day it might just click. When I get that feeling everyone will know."

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