Backman Sets Trip

Kennard Backman

"Some other schools are close to offering like Middle Tennessee and Air Force," Kennard Backman said. "I don't have a leader right now and am just trying to stay open with all of this." Backman officially visits UAB on Nov. 20. "I'm looking forward to getting out there soon. I feel a great connection with the coach there, and really feel they have my interests at heart. They offered me because..."

Kennard Backman, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound three star tight end from Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Ga., now says his top five schools are UAB (offer), Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

"Some other schools are close to offering like Middle Tennessee and Air Force," he said. "I don't have a leader right now and am just trying to stay open with all of this."

Backman says he has an official visit set for UAB on Nov. 20.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there soon," he said. "I feel a great connection with the coach there, and really feel they have my interests at heart. They offered me because I think they know I'm a very athletic tight end who can make plays as a receiver and can block well for their run game.

"Vanderbilt is another school that is interested," he said. "I just got them some film and they said they're going to start evaluating me and are probably close to an offer. I talk with the coaches there at least once a week and I really like how they've got a top-of-the-line education. They've also been with me since day one and I know I'm on their recruiting radar. I hope they offer soon because I feel like I could fit in well there and I a have a former teammate that goes there.

"I talk with the coaches at South Carolina every couple of weeks," Backman said. "My mom went to schools there and I feel that the coaches have been honest with me the whole time. I also like the city there.

"Middle Tennessee is also a school I'm considering because I like their facilities and I have family close by," he said.

"And I like the engineering program at Georgia Tech and how they're close to home."

Whitefield Academy (2-8) has wrapped up its 2010 campaign.

Backman says he totaled 547 yards on 37 catches with five touchdowns this season. As a junior he said he had 487 yards on 33 catches with three touchdowns.

"I think my strengths are my ability to stretch the field and definitely my receiving abilities and just being a versatile player," he said. "I think I need to work on my downfield blocking to be better at the next level."

He reports a 3.3 GPA, 1000 on the 2-part SAT and 1460 on the 3-part SAT.

He says he'll retake the SAT in December and take the ACT for the first time that month as well.

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