It was one of the more surprising recruiting stories in North Dakota history.
That story concluded Saturday when Shanley senior Emmet Kenney announced on Twitter that he had verbally committed to play at Stanford University out of the PAC-12. He's the second North Dakota high school football player to commit to a Power Five school this year, joining Bismarck Century's Andrew Leingang.
Kenney's road to Stanford started in quiet fashion last spring after a solid junior year for the Deacons. With football camps shut down around the country because of the pandemic, Kenney took matters into his own hands. He started video taping his kicking sessions at Sid Cichy Stadium, where he routinely was making kicks from 40-55 yards. "Those videos are getting 5-6,000 views and it's a great way to get your name out there." Kenney said.
Kenney's name really got out there in September. He made a 58 yard kick against Sheyenne in a statewide televised game that set a record for the longest made field goal in North Dakota history. A tweet of the made kick went viral, getting over 47,000 views on Twitter.
Here's the North Dakota record setting field goal from Emmet Kenney tonight from Shanley. 58 yards is the new state record. Was impressive to see it in person. @emmetkenney @shanleyfootball #SCTop10 @NDHSAA pic.twitter.com/CmkRvRoTQp— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) September 19, 2020
That kick made it to the Stanford recruiting offices, who offered Kenney earlier this week and he accepted on the spot. The only question now is when do we see Kenney booting kicks against UCLA or USC?