Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike four-star defensive end David Kenney was Iowa's first commitment in the 2013 class, but on Sunday the 6-foot-2, 250-pound prospect decided he needed to take his recruitment in a different direction.
"Before I could officially leave Iowa I had to call the line coach there, and that was kind of hard," Kenney said. "It was hard because I had a good relationship there with the coaches and the town itself. I don't want to go, but I know it is the best thing for me and my family."
Kenney made his decommitment official Sunday after deliberating on the decision for the last several weeks and seeking the counsel of his family.
"I had a lot of second thoughts about it," Kenney said. "Me and my family were talking about it and it would be easier for my family to watch me play [closer to home] and that's important to me."
Kenney has explored an opportunity to play closer to home by making several unofficial visits to Indiana University for games this fall, and the Hoosiers could be close to adding the speedy pass rusher to their commitment list.
"I am probably going to commit to [Indiana], I'm just not sure when I'll be ready to," Kenney said. "I am just taking it one step at a time. I really just need to take a breather."
Kenney was in attendance Saturday night when the Indiana nearly knocked off undefeated Ohio State in Bloomington. He was joined in the stands by several of the Hoosiers commitments and top targets from the state of Indiana.
"They scored 49 points on the Ohio State University. Just think if they had some more players there," Kenney said. "If we all actually went there, our team would be good."
Kenney is rated as the nation's No. 10 weakside defensive end prospect and the No. 7 overall player in the state of Indiana for the 2013 class.