BUFORD, Ga. – Don’t ask Kenney Britt where he’s going to play college football. He has no idea.
“I can’t tell you right now because every time I get a top 10 or a top 15, I get another offer so I really don’t know right now,” the linebacker from Oxford (Ala.) High School told SEC Country when asked about a possible list of finalists during Nike’s The Opening in Buford, Ga., on Sunday.
There are two very pertinent things that pertain to Britt’s decision: He wants playing time and he wants to find the best nursing school possible.
“I just want to take my visits and see how I can fit in the depth chart and how I can fit there and see where my major stands because I want to be a nurse,” the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder said. “I want to be in a hospital and clinical setup around campus.”
Britt, who is rated the No. 24 inside linebacker and No. 29 overall prospect in Alabama, should have plenty of nursing schools to choose from since offers keep pouring in.. He said he received a scholarship offer from Georgia on Saturday and that he got a good vibe from the Bulldogs’ coaching staff.
“You could tell they love football,” Britt said. “You could tell they knew what they were talking about so that was awesome. I think coaches like that can get me where I want to go.”
There are many other schools in the running. Britt, who has 24 scholarship offers, said he bonded with Florida’s coaches during a visit he took earlier this month. He said said it was one of the best visits he has taken. Linebacker coach Randy Shannon’s resume of producing top linebackers certainly impressed Britt.
“He’s coached legends after legends,” Britt said. “Coach (Jim) McElwain, I like him.”
Then there’s Auburn.
“I like Auburn,” Britt said with a smile. “Right now, they’re pretty warm so I like Auburn a lot.”
Ole Miss is another late entrant into the Britt chase. Britt said he’s planning that first visit to Oxford, Miss.
“The coaching staff, I talk to them a lot,” Britt said. “I haven’t visited them yet, but the way they talk to me and make me feel needed, they’re pretty high too.
Britt reaffirmed that Tennessee, led by linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen, made a strong impression when he visited for a junior day event earlier this month.
“The coaching staff and Coach Thig,” Britt said when asked what he liked about the Vols. “I enjoyed being up with him. It was junior day so there was a lot of people there but I got a lot of one-on-one time with coach Thig and the defensive coordinator (Bob Shoop).”
So where will Britt play college football? Only time – and quite a few visits – will determine as much.
“I’m just trying to narrow it down to see where I could play,” he said.
That could take awhile.