All of the hard work Brandon Kennedy put in this spring paid off in a big way last Saturday.
The 6-foot-3, 297-pound offensive lineman scooped up scholarship offer after scholarship offer this spring when coaches from around the country stopped into Wetumpka High School. But nothing will top Saturday when Alabama and Auburn both offered him.
“For a young man who grows up in the state of Alabama, probably 99 percent grow up dreaming about playing for one of those two universities,” Wetumpka coach Tim Perry said. “When that becomes a reality, it has to be a tremendous thrill and honor. He was obviously very humbled by it, but also excited.”
Kennedy landed the offers after working out at Auburn last Thursday and Alabama on Saturday. Schools from all around the country offered Kennedy this spring, including Virginia Tech and Duke, but both of the in-state SEC schools wanted to see him up close during a camp. The three-star prospect told 247Sports that Saban “told me that he really liked what he saw today” and decided to offer him.
Perry isn’t surprised that Kennedy impressed either school during a camp. He says that his star offensive lineman is the type of player to go to the school’s practice field on his free weekends and workout by himself. These latest SEC offers are the culmination of a lot of long hours and hard work.
“He works hard and is very coachable,” Perry said. “He’s a very conscientious athlete. He wants to improve, pushes himself and does everything that you ask him to do.”
Kennedy projects as a center at the college level, but will likely also get time at offensive tackle next season at Wetumpka. He fared well this spring matching up against top talent like Shades Valley defensive lineman Daron Payne during one camp. Rivals.com even rated him as the nation’s top center not long after that performance.
Kennedy is a powerful interior offensive lineman with good feet and intuitive play.
“He has great footwork for a young man his size,” his coach said. “He moves extremely well for (6-3, 297). He’s got quick hands and he’s able to get them positioned correctly on a defender. He understands leverage, he’s very aggressive and he understands the game.”
Kennedy is expected to narrow his list down sometime this summer and make a decision before the start of the school year. Alabama and Auburn are two schools expected to be in the running when it comes time to make a decision.