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Five-star defensive end Devon Kennard narrows his list of schools to five. Scout.com brings you the details first and shows you which schools made the cut for the elite pass-rusher...

Scout.com's number one ranked defensive end in the country, Devon Kennard from Phoenix (Az.) Desert Vista is set to narrow his list of schools tonight on a local news station but was kind enough to release that list early exclusively to Scout.com and has given us the permission to release at this time.

It is never easy to narrow a list of over thirty down to five but one of the main factors in Kennard's list will be the schooling he receives. He tells us, "If you look at the schools I have narrowed it down to, they all would give me a quality education. I want to be successful in all aspects of life, not just football and education played a big role in me narrowing my list."

So who made the cut? Drum roll please.............

In no particular order Kennard says the five schools he will look the most strongly at are USC, Arizona State, Cal, Texas and UCLA.

Why?

USC: "That is just big time football and it would be good to be a part of a great program like that. I feel like I would have a great opportunity to play for their program."

ASU: "If I played there I would get the chance to stay home and represent where I grew up. A lot of people would think there would be more distractions if I stayed but I feel like I would have no distractions (credit a strong support group for that). Plus I would be able to get a head start on everybody in training because I am already here."

Cal: "Part of why I am really looking at them is because they want me to play a new position. They want me to play a Buck linebacker/defensive end position where I would blitz and drop into coverage."

Texas: "Texas is big time football. It's crazy down there and I really liked my unofficial visit. It is a very cool place to be and they also have talked about me playing that hybrid d-end position."

UCLA: "I think I could come in and make a big impact on the program. And I think I could be a guy that comes in and helps turn the program around."

Kennard says that those five are the ones that he is going to look at the most but says he is going to "follow and also consider Oregon, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and Washington." So rule them down but not out.

So when does he plan to narrow that list down further or possibly commit?

"I have no plans on narrowing it down any further for now. And I will commit when I feel I am ready. It could be before my senior season but realistically it will probably be after I take some visits."


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