CENTER OF ATTENTION: Kennedy nets UA, Au offersPublished 4:34pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Unlike most of his peers, Brandon Kennedy looks forward to the return of school.
It’s not necessarily being back in school, but as the summer days tick by, the Wetumpka rising senior is closer to making his college choice, which will come near the end of July.
For the nation’s current top high school center prospect, according to Rivals.com, that decision just got harder with offers from the University of Alabama and Auburn University over the weekend. While a tougher choice, Kennedy said the Alabama and Auburn offers were the ones he was waiting on to begin the decision-making process.
“I was a little excited. I felt honored to have an offer from both in-state schools,” the 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman said. “I really wanted to get offers from the in-state schools where I could take a look at all programs, and have that insight to look at them.”
The scholarship offers from the home state Tigers and the Crimson Tide, joining other Alabama schools Jacksonville State, South Alabama, Troy and UAB, marked the 23rd and 24th extended to the consensus four-star recruit.
“I think they really wanted to see how much I was going to grow and how much weight I could put on to add to my frame,” Kennedy said about Alabama and Auburn waiting to offer him. “So I think that’s what they really waited on.”
In two national championship contending programs, Kennedy said he likes aspects of both schools.
“Alabama, they’re a strong, powerhouse program. They did really well last year,” the rising senior Indian said. “Auburn, they went to the national championship last year and they did pretty good. I like their offense, they play a fast tempo offense.”
As of Monday, Kennedy said he still hadn’t narrowed down his official visit list. He and his mom plan to pick the schools he’ll visit, where he’ll spend time with coaches and players and will be a key factor for him in his decision.
“How comfortable I fit in at a school when I take my visits,” Kennedy said. “How well I fit to their scheme, things like that.”