All recruiting sites say 5'10",
I'd be surprised if he's 5'10. I'd say 5-8/5-9, somewhere in there. Perhaps he's hit a growth spurt though.
But when I saw him during the season, he was 5'9" tops.
As for Flutie, he was a dying breed. He played in the early 80s, as offenses were shifting to taller offensive lines as they adjusted to the still relatively new rules on what was construed as holding (the NFL changed the interpretation in 1978 that allowed linemen to extend their hands...I think colleges changed a bit later). The change had a profound impact because it sort of changed what an offensive lineman needed to look like.
As coaches figured out the importance of being able to reach out and get your hands on somebody (remember, in the 70's that would have been called holding and linemen were required to keep their hands on while pass blocking) linemen started getting taller as height and wingspan became more important traits.
The days of the 6-foot center who plays "low" are over. Nobody's diving at feet in the running game except the service academies. Lines are 6'3" and above across-the-board. The 5-foot-9 QB gets swallowed up more than ever.
That said, I don't think Kennon won't get opportunities. I just think he knows he's a better baseball prospect and he's sent out the smoke signals that baseball is his sport for the next level.
If he wanted to play college QB, I think he could, but probably at the FCS or maybe Sun Belt level. Don't be surprised if ULL and McNeese don't try to bring him in with the promise of being able to play both sports. With the relative parity in college baseball because of the 11.7-schollie limit, it's not the same big drop in competition from LSU to ULL or even LSU to McNeese like it is in football.
If he wants to play two sports, the state schools could be a great option. I'm wondering if Tulane tries to offer that too.
At the end of the day, I don't think it's going to matter. I think the kid eliminates football himself, so he'll take an SEC baseball scholarship.
This post was edited on 2/12 at 12:32 pm