Kennard Reports on USC

Nation's #1 DE Devon Kennard talks USC official visit.

It has been a hectic two years worth of recruiting for's number one ranked defensive end Devon Kennard from Phoenix (Az.) Desert Vista but things are slowly starting to wind down for him.

Kennard has been on a whirlwind tour of camps, unofficial visits and now has two official visits under his belt and one more planned.

Kennard (6-3 255) visited Cal last month and this weekend visited USC. He seemed impressed with the visit and tells in an exclusive interview, "Coach Carroll has something going on down there that I have never seen. The players are down there having fun and clowning on each other but when that whistle blows, it is big hit after big hit. Everything there is about competition."

And that competition and players being accountable for themselves is what Kennard feels fuels the Trojans' success. He comments, "They have turnover Wednesdays, where the offense is trying not to turn the ball over and the defense is trying to force as many turnovers as possible. They go so hard in practice that they never condition and the players have to come into camp in shape because if they don't, it is their own fault and it will all show in film."

Devon continues, "I am not sure how he (Carroll) does it. They just go all out on the field and that's what he expects. Competition is everything and players must earn their spots by competing."

Kennard was hosted by wide receiver Damian Williams and enjoyed his time around Williams and the rest of the team. "We hung out with recruits Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald and with Mark Sanchez, Luthur Brown and went Taylor Mays and Brian Cushing's house. It was real cool."

Kennard camped at SC this summer and says he did not see a whole lot that he had not seen before. "I saw the dorms and the school of business, that's what I'm interested in but I have seen most of the rest of the school," he says.

So the big question is, when will he commit?

"I'm not sure," he says. "I am going to Texas next weekend. ASU and UCLA are pushing really hard to get me to visit. But I wil probably come back next weekend and talk to my family. I do not want to get caught up in everything. I have thought about doing a press conference or at the US Army game but I may just wait until signing day and do it on ESPN. I am not sure." Top Stories