In 2007, the USC Trojans flexed their recruiting muscle in the state of Arizona by landing the commitment of five-star defensive end Everson Griffen. This year USC has returned to try to lure another five-star defensive end, Devon Kennard, to the Land of Troy.
The Trojans certainly aren't alone in their pursuit of Kennard, who now has 30 offers from schools across the country.
"It's going well," Kennard said of the recruiting process. "I have my family helping me and keeping it simple so I can get a feel for what schools I like and don't like.
"All of the schools are throwing their best shots out. Really, the Pac-10 is on me hard, but I mean everybody. Michigan really wants me and Notre Dame is really recruiting me hard. Everybody is saying they want me.
"I don't have any top schools. I will wait until summer to figure out my stuff, but I know schools that I like and don't like so far."
With all of those offers, Kennard has plenty of options and wants to go to a school that will provide him with a good education, as well as a good football program.
While Kennard would love for his family to be able to watch him play in person, he says that distance isn't going to be a major factor in his decision.
"If the best opportunity for me is on the East Coast then I am going to go because it is a sacrifice for the next four years, and if it is going to get me to the next level, and has the education that I want then I am willing to do that," Kennard explained.
The five-star defensive end has already visited four schools and liked what each school had to offer.
The 6-3, 255-pound defensive end has been to USC on three different occasions and has come away very impressed with Pete Carroll and the USC coaching staff.
"It seems like he's a players coach and he puts himself around players coaches," Kennard said about Pete Carroll. "The excitement comes from them and everyone else follows. That's awesome because sometimes it's hard for players just to get each other hyped, but when you get it from the coaches everyday that's a pretty good environment to be around.
"I have gone down there three times. I went to a camp and then two other times. My most recent time I went down for the (spring) game and I got to go in the meeting rooms with them and stuff and the atmosphere is awesome, it's unbelievable.
"The coaches seem like they really like me and it seems like a good atmosphere there. I got to go there and got to be in the players meetings and stuff and it seems like a good exciting environment."
The USC coaches have also made a point of making it out to Desert Vista HS this month to watch Kennard during spring practices.
"Coach Holt has come out twice and he's recruiting me hard," said Kennard with a smile. "USC is definitely going to be in the running and I don't see why that would ever change."
Devon Kennard will attend USC's Rising Stars Camp in June.
Devon Kennard at the Under Armour/Scout Combine in Phoenix, AZ.
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