Dec. 31, 2012
The 17th entry of the question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, profiles Riley Kennedy, an attackman from in Rochester, Mich., and Brother Rice High School. Kennedy arrived in Ann Arbor after garnering All-America honors as a prep senior and was a first team all-state selection after posting 58 goals and 29 assists.
On transitioning from high school to Division I lacrosse ... "It is a much bigger commitment and I never had to wake up this early in the morning in high school, so that was a big shock. Waking up at 5 a.m. and doing the weightlifting sessions was different, and I've never done fall ball this intensely before."
What drew you to Michigan the most ... "The opportunity to have a good, successful future. Obviously there's a lot of tools here at U-M with the academics."
What does it mean to you being part of the first recruiting class ... "Class one is very special, and I really have grown to love these guys. I know that when I'm older looking back on it, it's going to be really cool to tell my kids and grandkids that I was part of the first recruiting class here at Michigan."
On the Brother Rice/Michigan lacrosse connection ... "It's definitely cool that two of my teammates from high school (Chris Walker and Will Meter) are playing here right now. I definitely benefited from having Coach (John) Paul come to a lot of my games in high school. I just think that Michigan was its own thing though and I wanted to do that."
Is it strange with your brother playing at Marquette? ... "No, not at all, because my mom went there and my older brother is there, so there is a family connection."
What was the process like for him? Did he consider Michigan? ... "He's older, so Michigan was still club when he was picking colleges."
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