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Indiana Football: DE David Kenney III Picks the Hoosiers

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Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2012

David Kenney III, a 6'2", 250-pound defensive end from Indianapolis, IN, committed to the Indiana Hoosiers Sunday, according to Dave Miller of

Kenney later said via Twitter, "Officially committed to the IU. Feels amazing to be able to represent my state and my home."

Kenney was committed to Iowa until earlier this month. After his decommitment from the Hawkeyes, Kenney made it clear that Indiana was his favorite.

“I want to play closer to home so my mom watch me play,” Kenney told Mark Ambrogi of The Indianapolis Star after he decommitted from Iowa. “I feel I can stay and help a hometown school.”

IU hired Kenney's dad, David Kenney II, earlier this year as a recruiting quality control assistant.

The 4-star prospect is considered the 29th-best defensive end by and the eighth-best player from Indiana in the 2013 class by

Kenney had offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Louisville, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee and West Virginia.

ESPN says of Kenney, "Kenney is an active and potentially disruptive defensive lineman. He has solid height and carries good bulk on his frame."

As a junior last year at Pike High School, Kenney recorded 40 tackles and 12 sacks.

The Hoosiers now have 10 commitments for the 2013 class, four from the state of Indiana. IU is hoping that the addition of Kenney will help them pick up other top prospects around the state.

Indiana's coaching staff is trying to get Darius Latham next. Latham is a 6'5" defensive tackle from North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. He was committed to Wisconsin until last week when he reopened his commitment. 

IU coach Kevin Wilson knows that if he wants to turn the program around he must go after the best players in Indiana. Picking up Kenney is a great start.


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