Then schools were able to see him in action this spring, and things changed in a hurry. The SEC, ACC and other schools made him the hottest prospect in the Yellowhammer State, but a pair of big-time offers were still missing from his growing list.
Kennedy changed that on June 14, when he camped in Tuscaloosa for Nick Saban’s offensive line and defensive line camp and walked away with an offer. On the way home, Auburn also offered one of the state’s best.
The three-star, tabbed as the No. 34 guard in the nation by Scout.com, checked out AU a week later and returned to Alabama for two days this past week.
“I wanted to visit Alabama one more time before my decision,” he said. “I just wanted to take the time to talk to the coaches, see what they had to say, about the program and my situation. Nothing changed, I went more in-depth on my plan, if I were to commit there.
“When they offered me, I didn’t know some things so I wanted to come back and go more in-depth.”
Set to commit between several schools on Friday, Kennedy is being coveted by Auburn strictly as a center projection. Should he play in Tuscaloosa, there is another position possibility depending on the scope of the depth chart once he should enroll.
“Whenever I talk to Coach [Mario] Cristobal, he talks to me about the center situation,” he said. “Ryan Kelly is going to be a redshirt senior next year (2015). But he could leave (after 2014) and go to the draft, so it depends on what Ryan Kelley does. But they have talked to me about playing guard, too.
“I talked to Coach Saban this morning (Wednesday), he was just explaining the program and what it has to offer. He also said some of the things that Cristobal said about the depth chart, so I have a clear picture of what it would be like if I go there.”
No matter where he ends up, enrolling in January of 2015 is the plan for the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder.
“I just want to get a head start on the guys coming in in May,” he said. “I want to get acclimated, learn the playbook, it’s the little things that players need to get adjusted to.”
Kennedy says he will announce his commitment between Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Clemson and Missouri on Friday morning. He will hold a press conference at Wetumpka, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. local.
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