Franklin junior Luke Kennard is going to play football this fall. He’s also planning on taking snaps as a senior.
What would make one of the nation’s most sought after basketball recruits continue to play quarterback? The future. It’s uncertain.
“People have been asking me if I would want to do both (sports) in college,” Kennard told Bucknuts.com recently. “My dad and I sat down and talked about that and we think it would be tough to do both. I really haven’t made a straight on decision — basketball or football — yet. I’m still in the process.”
Most would consider basketball an overwhelming favorite. Offers from Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana and Michigan State tend to tilt odds. The allure of football, however, has a hold. Kennard threw for 24 touchdowns last year as Franklin went 10-2 and won a playoff game.
“I love being part of the team,” Kennard told Bucknuts. “(Franklin coach Rodney) Roberts is a great coach and I love being a player for him. I also love the atmosphere and being part of the school. My coaches think I have a chance to be a pretty good quarterback, too.”
Louisville agrees. The Cardinals are Kennard’s lone football offer — to date. Michigan has also made overtures. Ohio State is in the mix on both fronts.
When asked what would happen if Urban Meyer wanted Kennard to play quarterback, even if he choose to play basketball for the Buckeyes, Kennard was frank.
“It would affect me a lot, actually,” he said. “Football can go into basketball season though, too, sometimes. Like I said, it’d just be tough to do both (sports) and it’s going to be tough to make that final decision.”
Junior mints: Alter defensive lineman Kraig Howe (6-3, 253) is the Miami Valley’s latest junior to get a BCS offer (from Illinois). Additional area juniors with D-I offers are Trotwood-Madison defensive back Kei Beckham (6-0, 155/Illinois), Miamisburg defensive back Chris Fobbs (6-1, 190/Toledo), Greenville linebacker Bryce Jenkinson (6-1, 220/Toledo), Trotwood-Madison defensive back Harrison Johnson (5-9, 170/Illinois), Northmont offensive lineman Joshua Perry (6-3, 260/Toledo) and Lakota West linebacker C.J. Stalker (6-2, 210/Kentucky). The area’s two most sought after juniors are Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel (6-0, 190/Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky) and Ross offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak (6-4, 276/Toledo, Bowling Green, Indiana and Ohio).
In all, 39 Ohio juniors have a D-I offer.
High grades: Trotwood-Madison senior running back Marc Raye-Redmond (5-9, 170) has been an important part of the Rams’ backfield the last few years, having rushed for 426 yards and five TDs in 17 career games. Decent numbers, but if you want great ones look at his academic stats. A member of the National Honor Society and honor roll at Trotwood, Raye-Redmond carries a 4.2 GPA and scored 1730 on his SAT. He scored 28 on the ACT.
Those academic performances (and his football talent) earned Raye-Redmond an early offer from Brown. Last week he added an offer from Columbia. Davidson has also offered.
Trotwood has sent numerous kids to college over the last decade. Sending a player to an Ivy League school, however, would be another feather in the program’s cap.