The Boiling Springs Bulldogs have produced quite a bit of talent over the past few seasons. Their 2016 class is no different as we caught up with Jalene Kennedy, a cornerback with incredible speed and ball skills. Kennedy hasn't heard from a lot of schools yet, but he's hoping an ambitious travel schedule on the camp and combine circuit will change that.
The 5'8 175 pound Kennedy sat down with us recently for an interview.
"This past season I had 80 tackles, 29 assists, 6 pass break ups, and blocked 3 field goals. I was named 1st team All-Region and defensive back of the year."
Kennedy tested off the charts at a recent VTO combine and has run a 4.43 second 40 yard dash time. He's hoping some good showing at combines and camps will help generate more interest for him moving forward. Thus far Lenoir-Rhyne and some D2 schools are showing interest but he talked about some schools he's hoping to hear from soon.
The 2016 prospect made no bones about what his strengths are on the field currently. He also took the time to share some areas he's trying to strengthen to improve his play heading towards his senior season next year.
"My speed, my tackling in the open field, and my ball skills are my biggest strengths right now. To get better I want to be able to put myself in better positions to make interceptions."
The Boiling Springs standout has a busy schedule to try and help get his name out there more with college coaches.
"I've got the Nike Sparq Combine on May 9th, Middle Tennessee prospect camp on May 30th, Tusculum prospect camp on May 31st, Shrine Bowl combine on June 6th, James Madison prospect camp on June 14th, Valdosta State prospect camp on June 15th, and Charleston Southern prospect camp on July 18th."
As for next season Kennedy says he wants to help the Bulldogs win a state championship after winning a region title. Personally he says he'd like to make All-Region again, be the defensive player of the year, and make it to some of the all-star games after the season is over.
One player in particular Kennedy says he emulates when he's on the field and we see why.
"Joe Haden. He has great speed, he's very physical at the line, and he can make great open field tackles."
Kennedy will see more schools move in as his highlights circulate and coaches see the kind of elite speed he possesses. We'll continue to track his recruitment moving forward so keep it right here with us. For now check out some of his testing numbers and how to follow us on Twitter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JALENE KENNEDY
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 345 pounds
Power clean: 240 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.38 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.21 seconds
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