Kennedy getting head start

Versatility is an easy word to throw out in looking at many of Alabama’s 21 commitments in the class of 2015, but there may not be another offensive linemen within the group that will have started at more positions than Brandon Kennedy after this fall. The three-star was a tackle in 2012, a guard last fall and he’s been working at center for his final high school campaign.

Alabama courted Brandon Kennedy as an interior offensive line prospect, specifically as a center projection, and now Nick Saban’s staff will be able to see the three-star in action at the position for the next few months.

The Wetumpka (Ala.) talent, ranked as Scout.com’s No. 25 offensive guard prospect, has played each of the three primary offensive line spots during his time at Wetumpka, but being the man in the middle may come with the most responsibility.

There’s also quite an adjustment period.

“Coming into camp, I had to adjust to a new position, making the right calls, ID-ing the right fronts and ID-ing the Mike (linebacker),” Kennedy said. “Just making sure everything is right because I have more of a job upon me this year, it’s a lot of new work for me.”

Admitting some initial rust with the pads on, the senior has overcome it and says playing all over the line helps him as a potential center for the 2014 season and at the next level.

“Knowing what everyone else is doing. When you know what everyone else is doing, it makes your job a whole lot easier, because it means it only leaves you one thing to do,” he said. “Playing center and playing all the other positions makes it easier for me, so I just focus on the right calls. Now I’ve gotten into my rhythm, I haven’t’ had a bad snap of late, so we’re good now.”

Plenty excited about Alabama since his July 18 commitment ceremony, it hasn’t slowed the pursuit of at least a pair of fellow SEC programs with less than five months before Kennedy enrolls at his school of choice.

“It’s been a weight lifted off my shoulders, but some programs like Auburn and Missouri are still making a big push for me,” he said. “They are recruiting me pretty hard right now. The pitch hasn’t really changed, they’re talking about how I can play early and be a great part of their class, the same things they would tell me before I committed to Alabama.

“It’s pretty shut down now, but I want to see some of the other schools, like Missouri. It would be just to see the campus and meet the coaches. I haven’t met with them in person, and they were my first SEC offer. I would like to get familiar with them.”

On his commitment status to the in-state Crimson Tide, Kennedy maintains that it is as solid as can be.

“I’m 100 percent, but I just want to take the visit, that’s all,” he said.

Kennedy, who currently checks in as the No. 7 class of 2015 prospect in the state of Alabama rankings, plans to go into health science in college in hopes of one day becoming a radiologist. He will graduate from Wetumpka High in December.

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