Wetumpka’s Kennedy commits to Crimson TidePublished 11:23am Friday, July 18, 2014
For Brandon Kennedy, it was about being the best he can be.
The Wetumpka rising senior offensive lineman and the nation’s top high school center prospect ended the speculation and committed to the University of Alabama Friday morning over instate rival Auburn University in the Wetumpka High School gymnasium.
“It’s just the atmosphere. Alabama has a great atmosphere, very family-like,” Kennedy said of his deciding factor. “Also, it’s business though, when it gets down to it. But it’s real family-like, they treated me well.”
Holding 24 scholarship offers in total, the 6-foot-2, 297-pound lineman cut the choices to the two instate schools this week. Kennedy said it was a tough decision after a long process.
“Last night, talking to my mom,” he said of when he made his decision. “It was a hard decision, it was back-and-forth between the two schools.
“Me and my family have been through a lot, you know recruiting, going to camps. About eight or nine months ago, I didn’t know this was going to happen. I used to be mad all the time because I couldn’t get any offers. Now, I can sit back and relax.”
Kennedy, who’s a lifelong Alabama fan, received offers from the Tigers and the Crimson Tide on the same day. He said he liked Auburn, too, but Alabama edged out its rival.
“Auburn, it was a great atmosphere, I loved it there, too. But Alabama just had that little bit of the edge,” Kennedy said.
“I had to step back. It was a lot in one day, so I had to step back and take my time. But I wanted to go visit some other schools and make my decision from there.”
Currently ranked the state’s eighth-best overall prospect by 247sports, Kennedy’s visit to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday and vising with Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban strengthened his decision.
“I got to speak with all the coaches, Coach Saban and we basically just talked about Alabama being a home for me, a great fit,” Kennedy said. “He likes my physicality and the way I play.”
Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart sold the Wetumpka native on the joining the nation’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class.
“I feel like Coach Cristobal and his staff can mold me into being the best player I can be,” he said. “Coach Cristobal, he’s intense. I love him as a coach and also as a person. He’s just a great recruiter to me.”
With his senior season at Wetumpka ahead, Kennedy said he hopes to improve pass blocking and reading defensive at the line. Once he gets on campus, he said, he hopes he can continue to grow and contribute under Saban and company.
“I feel that if I give it my all, I can be the best I can be.”