It could be easy to undervalue Alex Kenney at first, the latest high school football star to give Penn State a verbal commitment.

He is a hometown kid, after all. A State College kid.

Still, the 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver does seem to have more than worthy credentials, no matter where he's from.

"Being in the backyard might make people second-guess" the pickup, said Cory James of, a national recruiting service. "But you can tell by the offers that he's a legit prospect, not just a token offer. He's real fast but also has some (bulk) to him. He can kind of muscle through some things.

"He can do reverses and pitches in the backfield. ... He definitely could fit the Derrick Williams' role."

Kenney made his pledge on Tuesday and is the 13th commitment of this current class. He is the third receiver, joining Baltimore's Adrian Coxson and Levi Norwood, who will play his senior year of football in Waco, Texas but is the son of former Penn State assistant coach Brian Norwood.

Kenney chose Penn State over Boston College, Illinois, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford, Virginia and others.

And he certainly has the speed to play the position, regarded as one of the fastest football players in the nation.

He ran a district-record 10.64 in the 100 meters this spring and finished second in the event at the PIAA Championships. He finished fourth at the state meet in the 200 meters.


In football, he was an all-state pick as a sophomore and junior, and is rated as either a three-star or four-star recruit (out of five) by the national services.

And, soon enough, he will be reunited with Norwood, a former State College High teammate.

"At first, I kind of wanted to get out of town, but then I was thinking about it, and I got to know the coaching staff and the newer recruits," Kenney told "I felt like this was home."

Kenney's commitment follows the pledge of four-star quarterback Robert Bolden of Michigan. He gave his word last Friday.

"He may wind up being the best player of the whole bunch," said Tom Lemming, a recruiting analyst for CBS Sports, of Bolden. "He can create with his legs and his arm. He's a guy who is perfect for their offense because if he's flushed out of the pocket he can beat you with his legs. He throws well on the run."

Lemming said the Nittany Lions probably lead the Big Ten in recruiting at this point, though there is almost seven months to go.

"You always worry about Ohio State catching up, but right now Penn State's got the lead," he said.; 771-2104