The linebacker crop in the class of 2020 has plenty of candidates to be considered the best from an athletic and production standpoint.
Theodore (Ala.) senior standout Demouy Kennedy belongs in the conversation and maybe even at the front of it, just part of the reason he is an SI All-American.
The Alabama commitment, a one-time Auburn pledge who also seriously considered LSU, capped his high school career as the most dominant defender in the Yellowhammer State. Kennedy helped the Bobcats get to the state playoffs with eight regular season wins.
In 2019, the future linebacker made impact plays in all three phases of the game. He not only covered kicks with big hits, but also returned them for big plays including at least one score. On offense, as a part time running back and wildcat quarterback, he made several long scores by out-running the defense on routine. But of course he made the most impact on defense, racking up 73 tackles despite minor injuries. As a junior, he flashed as a pass-rusher, too, with 12 sacks as part of a 100-tackle campaign.
Why Kennedy is an All-American:
Speed to power is a common phrase in football evaluating and it’s not the hardest thing to uncover. Watch even a small amount of tape on Demouy Kennedy and you’ll understand exactly what it means.
The long and rangy Alabama commitment is a blur no matter where he lines up, and that includes a lot of positions like linebacker, defensive end, kick returner, running back and of course on all of the coverage units.
At 6'3 and 215 pounds with a frame to pack on the weight, Kennedy could line up inside or outside on the next level. His speed off the edge gives him the ability to be a three down linebacker for Alabama.
2019 SI All-American Offensive Team:
WR Malachi Wideman, FSU (Why Wideman? Highlights)
OL Nate Anderson, Oklahoma (Why Anderson? Highlights)
2019 SI All-American Defensive Team:
DL Jordan Burch, Uncommitted (Why Burch? Highlights)
LB Justin Flowe, Uncommitted (Why Flowe? Highlights)
DB Kelee Ringo, Uncommitted (Why Ringo? Highlights)
DB Enzo Jennings, Penn State (Why Jennings? Highlights)
ATH Avantae Williams, Uncommitted (Why Williams? Highlights)