January 29, 2009
Speedy Florida Commit Talks Chippewa Commitment
With a large recruiting class already in tow for 2009, the theory has been that pretty much any surprise for Central Michigan football fans in the days leading up to Signing Day would be a bad surprise. Ronnie Kennedy, a jet quick receiver from Florida, blew that theory right out of the water when he made the decision to become a Chippewa yesterday.
Kennedy, who played for St. Thomas Aquinas, the number one high school team in the country, chose to commit to Central Michigan after taking his official visit to the campus this past weekend. During the visit, he was hosted by CMU freshman Jahleel Addae. He was able to get a tour of the campus and the facilities and also hang out with several of the players at night.
"It feels so much like home up there," Kennedy said. "It is a great family atmosphere up there. There are a lot of Florida guys on the team and I got to spend a lot of time with them. I was also able to sit down with the coaches and talk about what they planned on doing with me up there."
Some of those plans for Kennedy include playing slot receiver along with returning kicks and punts.
"When I'm on special teams, I try and model my game after Devin Hester," Kennedy said. "I want to be able to change the game at any given moment."
During his senior season at Aquinas, Ronnie contributed in all different aspects of the game. He ran the ball 25 times for 192 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged 12.6 yards per punt return and was able to turn to punts into touchdowns. On kick returns he average an astounding 32.5 yards per return. Defensively, he had 34.5 tackles to go with three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
With having to wear so many different hats for his football team, one would think Ronnie would have a difficult time deciding what his favorite part of football is. However, when asked, Ronnie's answer was very clear.
Throughout his recruitment, the two CMU coaches Ronnie had the most contact with were Paul Volero and Zach Azzani.
"Coach Azzani talked to me the most at the start of my recruitment and Coach Volero helped close it out," Kennedy said. "The whole staff is great. I was able to meet a lot of the coaches on my official visit and I was able to sit down with Coach Jones. It's a lot more like a family up there than a business."
Prior to his official visit, Ronnie had the opportunity to see the Chippewas play on television and came away impressed with what he saw.
"I was able to see them against Ball State and against Florida Atlantic in the Motor City Bowl," Kennedy said. "I really liked the team's chemistry and how hard they played. They had a lot of injuries so definitely don't fault them for losing. The team is so young and has a ton of talent returning next year. Dan Lefevour is a great quarterback too. I can't wait to play with him."
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