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Highly recruited defensive end Kenard commits to rival USC

Highly ranked defensive end recruit Devon Kennard has decided to play his college football at USC,

The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.

Kennard, who was recruited by ASU, announced his decision to leave Arizona and become a Trojan during a ceremony in the auditorium of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix Tuesday morning, according to the Republic.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 257-pound defensive lineman, who is currently the No. 8-ranked recruit from the 2009 class according to, was previously ranked as high as No. 2 by the Web site.

Kennard missed the majority of his senior season at Desert Vista because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Kennard previously had ASU on his list of potential schools, bur he had narrowed his list of choices last month to Texas, USC and California, according to the Republic.

Though the Sun Devils will be without the services of Kennard next season, the defensive line will be improved by the addition of local product Corey Adams.

Adams, a 288-pound defensive tackle who helped lead Saguaro High School to its third consecutive 4A Division I state crown this season, announced his commitment to the Sun Devils earlier this month.

Adams is a four-star recruit, according to

National signing day, the first day that recruits can sign letters of intent, is Feb. 4.

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