Georgia Tech added a 14th commitment for the 2020 signing class Wednesday with the addition of defensive end Kyle Kennard from Riverwood High. Kennard announced his decision on Twitter.
Kennard continues at least two patterns established by coach Geoff Collins and his staff – a priority on long bodies and an emphasis on recruiting Atlanta. Kennard, rated a three-star prospect and the No. 102 player in the state of Georgia (247Sports Composite), is listed at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds. He is taller than any defensive lineman on the Yellow Jackets roster, and has a reach to match.
His highlight video shows an ability to put that trait to use in reeling in ballcarriers in the backfield, as well as a knack for slipping off blocks. Kennard used was often at defensive tackle but also at end when his team played three down linemen. He is listed on recruiting sites as a defensive end.
Kennard also is the second player to commit to the Yellow Jackets from the Fulton County school system, following linebacker Tyson Meiguez of Creekside High. Tech signed five players from Fulton County public high schools in former coach Paul Johnson’s tenure, including incoming freshman Jordan Yates of Milton High, who committed to Tech while Johnson was coach. In metro Atlanta, Johnson’s staff recruited more heavily in Gwinnett and Cobb counties.
Kennard announced his offer from Tech on April 10 and made his official visit May 24. He is the first of the five prospects who were uncommitted at the time to select Tech. Two others, guard Tate Johnson of Callaway High and offensive tackle Javion Cohen of Phenix City, Ala., committed to Auburn.
Kennard also listed offers from Oklahoma State, Virginia, Louisville, Pitt, Minnesota and others.
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