Boston High School: Jay Kenney

South Boston's Kenney signs with Towson

February, 19, 2011
Former Matignon offensive lineman and South Boston native Jay Kenney has verbally committed and signed a national letter of intent with Towson University, he wrote in an email tonight to

Kenney, a 6-foot-5, 280-pounder who did a post-graduate season this fall at Bridgton Academy (Maine), verbally committed to the Tigers during his official visit to the Towson, Md. campus yesterday. He signed his LOI earlier today when he arrived back home.

"(I'm) excited about the program building, brand new facilities and the passion in the coaching staff and athletic department," Kenney wrote in an email to "I have potential here to play earlier compared to other places, too."

Kenney is the third offensive lineman from the North Bridgton, Maine-based, postgraduate-exclusive prep school to sign with a Division 1 school. Earlier this month, Barnstable's Dalton Gifford signed with UConn, and Hamden, Conn.'s Alex Demarco signed with Wagner.

Big fish, small school

August, 3, 2010
South Boston resident Jay Kenney could make a great case as one of the state's most underappreciated talents from last season. At 6 foot 5 and 280 pounds, Kenney was a key cog on both sides of the trenches for little-known Division 4 Matignon High, leading the team on a streak of five games without allowing a sack and registering 110 tackles. He most recently suited up for the North squad at last June's Shriners game at Gillette Stadium, and he will be taking a post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy this fall.

Originally an ice hockey goaltender, he switched gears in high school and it appears to be paying off. Kenney, who benches 340 pounds and squats over 500, turned down an offer from Northern Iowa and interest from a handful of CAA schools to test the waters another year. After a recent visit to Boston College, Kenney was told he may get an offer from the Eagles this fall.

"I expressed how much I was interested in BC to (assistant coach) Sean Devine," Kenney told correspondent Roger Brown. "He told me if I have solid grades and a solid tape (at Bridgton) they could be offering me. He said I could be a happy guy in October."

Brown has more today in his recruiting blog.