The Miami football team will receive a visit from Butler offensive tackle Tommy Kennedy the weekend of December 14. Kennedy will be eligible next season as a Graduate Transfer.
The report was announced on Thursday evening by recruiting expert Andrew Ivins of Inside the U. Kennedy is a 6’4 285 left tackle. He earned second-team All-Pioneer League this season and has started the last 22 games for the Bulldogs. Kennedy could potentially be the starting left tackle for the Miami football team in 2019.
Miami needs help on the offensive line. The Hurricanes need both talent and depth. They lose starting left tackle Tyree St. Louis and starting center Tyler Gauthier after this season. Miami also lost former commits, four-star tackle Michael Tarquin and three-star guard Kingsley Egauakun who both flipped to Florida earlier this week.
Kennedy is considering a plethora of other schools besides Miami. He also has visits to Texas and Oklahoma lined up over the next week. Ivins reported that Miami was the first school to offer Kennedy a scholarship last month when he announced he was seeking to play his final season of college football somewhere else.
Kennedy redshirted as a Freshman at Butler in 2015. Kennedy spoke to 247Sports last week about his reason to transfer to another school for the 2019 season.
“I’m looking for a place where I can get really good strength, nutrition and football coaching…I want really good academics business school wise, good business school is big picture because if things don’t work out for me trying to play professional football…
I have to think about life after football and a masters in business would really, really help me after college. Also, location is a huge thing for me. I want to be in a nice city, nice location. And finally, I want to play in some big-time games. I want to play on that big stage.
That’s probably one of the biggest factors. In order for me to play in the next level, I have to land in the big stage and play against elite competition.”
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Oklahoma and Texas would seem to have a leg up on the Miami football program in Kennedy’s desire to play in big-time games. The Sooners just won their fourth straight Big XII title. Oklahoma is also making its second straight appearance in the College Football Playoff and their third appearance in the past four seasons.
Miami is still recruiting several offensive linemen in the Class of 2019. Five-star tackle Evan Neal would be the biggest signee. He is expected to go to Alabama. Ivins and 247 projects the Hurricanes to flip Mississipi State commit Darius Washington and Boston College commit Maurice Smith.
Miami returns starting right tackle Delone Scaife, starting right guard Navaughn Donaldson and Hayden Mahoney and Venzell Boulware who split time starting at both guard spots this season.