May 6, 2010

Emerging athlete to camp at UGA

Whitefield Academy in Mableton typically doesn't typically get a lot of visits from college football recruiters but rising senior Kennard Backman is changing all that.

At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, the versatile Backman is still waiting on that first collegiate offer. However, that hasn't kept colleges like Georgia and Georgia Tech from checking out the tight end/defensive end, who is also drawing attention from the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Clemson.

"I'd rather play offense, but I just want to be on the field," Backman said in an interview with UGASports.

Statistically, Backman has posted some impressive numbers.

As a sophomore, Backman caught 38 passes from his tight end position for 651 yards and 12 touchdowns while making 37 tackles with four interceptions on defense.

Last year, Backman grabbed 33 passes for 487 yards and scored seven times.

He can play some hoops, too.

Last year, Backman made the Georgia Sportswriters Association Class A first team by averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game.

But football is the sport Backman expects to play in college.

He'll be checking out some schools real soon.

Backman plans on attending camp at Georgia, Clemson and will be attending the prestigious NIKE camp at Alabama on May 22.

He's already attended Junior Days at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Clemson.

"I really like Georgia's facilities. They were real nice and I saw a real competitive environment, which I like," Backman said.

Backman said he was impressed with the coaching staff at Georgia Tech.

"I liked the fact that they were very warm and very open," said Backman. "I felt like I could they could offer a lot to me."

It's thought the Bulldogs are considering Backman as a possible fit at outside linebacker in Georgia's 3-4 scheme.

Backman, who was recently nominated for the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Game, hopes he will be able to make a decision soon.

"I feel honored to get all the accolades and honors that I've received so far, but it is kind of stressful because I don't know what I'm going to do," Backman said. "But in a way it's less stressful. I'm starting to look at other schools as far as education, athletic opportunities and the people there."

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