If has been said once, it has been said 1,000 times, the best pass defense is when the quarterback has been knocked on his butt by a hostile defensive lineman. Whether a quarterback is sacked or is merely getting pressure can disrupt a passing game.
That is why guys who can make a quarterback's life miserable are always hot items on the recruiting trail and that is why defensive end Devon Kennard (6-3, 240, 4.8) from Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista is one of the most sought after recruits in the western region.
As of this writing Kennard has 19 offers on the table and interesting enough they are from some of the best football programs in college football.
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Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Miami, North Carolina, and Notre Dame gives you an indication of the quality programs that have offered.
"My list of schools is wide open," Kennard said when asked if he had any favorite schools. "I'm keeping everything in perspective and having fun with this thing.
"I'm really not thinking too much on recruiting right now," Kennard said. "I'm concentrating on becoming a better football player and having fun.
"I'm not sure what camps I will be attending, but I will probably check out a couple," Kennard said. "But for the most part, I'm going to stay in Arizona and work out with my brother, who is also my position coach (Derrick Kennard).
"I'm working out with my brother's new company Pro Edge Performance," Kennard said. "Since I started training there, I have become faster, more explosive and agile. My improvement is due to working out with my brother's company.
Just what opposing teams want to hear about, how to contain a faster, more explosive and agile Kennard.
As a junior, Kennard earned State Defensive Player of the Year after accounting 111 tackles and a school record 24.5 sacks. Kennard's other honors include first-team all-state, first-team all-Arizona, first team all-area and first-team all-region.
Obviously Kennard has been invited to several junior days and he's planning on going to a couple but at this time he wasn't sure what schools.
"If I don't get a chance to attend any junior days then I plan on taking some unofficial visits this summer," Kennard said.