February 15, 2009

Small town star holds TCU offer

For the 2009 recruiting year, tiny Maud, Texas made waves across the state for sending three players, James Dunbar, Bryant House and Ray Burns to the D-1 level when they signed with TCU. High schools in Texas have been known to send multiple players to the highest level of competition in college, but three players from the class A level was simply unheard of.

Maud tore through the competition going undefeated in the regular season and a #1 ranking in Texas class A football. However, Maud ran into Cayuga who boasts some pretty talented players themselves.

Talented enough in fact that Cayuga has a chance to equal the feat Maud set last year by sending three players to the next level. Headlining the talented group of Wildcats for the 2010 class is running back Traylon Shead who already has multiple offers on the table. His brother, offensive lineman Tramon, is getting interest from several. The third, athlete Malcome Kennedy, recently picked up a few offers of his own.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has been a member of the Wildcat varsity since his freshman year and was a standout both offensively (receiver) and defensively (safety) in 2008. On offense, Kennedy had 758 receiving yards and 10 scores and on defense he had 48 tackles while intercepting 7 passes. For his efforts Kennedy was named unanimous all-district 20-A and second team all-state.

Kennedy has offers on the table from TCU and SMU while garnering strong interest from others.

"I have offers from TCU and SMU right now," he said. "I'm hearing from Tulsa, SFA, and Texas A&M. (TCU and SMU)the beginning of last month they came to the school and watched film on us and they seemed interested.

"I'm mostly looking for the location, I don't want to go too far. And I'm also looking into the academics, I know TCU is a good school for academics and so is A&M."

Kennedy has already tripped to A&M for their first junior day and says he will make a few more in the coming weeks.

"I'm going to the one at TCU," Kennedy said. "Not this weekend's but the other one. And I want to go to the one at SMU"

Kennedy, who is listed as a safety on Rivals.com, is getting looks at both safety and receiver. The Frogs and others like his ability as a pass catcher.

"They're (TCU) is recruiting me as a wide receiver," he said. "I would rather play wide receiver because I have a natural feel for the field at receiver, I like that more. SMU is recruiting me as a receiver, A&M is looking at me as an athlete, Tulsa and SFA like me as a receiver."

Although he still getting familiar with TCU, he saw enough of them in 2008 to make an impression of him.

"I'm not too familiar with them but I watched them play this year," he said. "I like the offense that they run. They have an even offense, I know they run a lot but I know LaDainian Tomlinson came from there. They have some good running backs from there. And I really like the coach there."

Kennedy is currently displaying his athleticism on the hardwood as the starting point guard for Cayuga averaging 16 points per game while leading them to the state's #1 ranking.

"That's how we do it down here in Cayuga," Kennedy said. "We have so many all around athletes and it's a small school so we participate in everything. We're the number one team in the state and I start at point guard."

The fast rising prospect isn't in any type of a hurry to make a decision and says he will let the process play itself out.

"I want to learn more about the process and learn more about the college level. I want to play me senior year out and do the best I can. I want to make an impression on the schools that are looking at me. I definitely want to take my visits to see how everything goes."

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