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Kennedy Urlacher, the son of Lobo legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, received his first Division I offer to play football – and it’s from the University of New Mexico, the younger Urlacher announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
UNM coach Danny Gonzales, once Brian Urlacher’s Lobo teammate, has confirmed he is recruiting the younger Urlacher but by NCAA rules cannot elaborate.
Blessed to receive my First Division 1 Offer from the University of Newmexico! @CoachBBlackmon @CoachLenz @JordanSom_UNM @DavidHowes5 @CoachGonzUNM @BUrlacher54 @adamgorney @Rivals @rivalsmike @CoachNewcombe @ColtsRecruiting @P_MAGLOIRE @gridironarizona @azc_obert #GoLobos 🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/Lp65Dk4QC9
— KENNEDY URLACHER DB/ATH 2024 (@k_urlacher11) September 8, 2020
Kennedy Urlacher, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back, is a freshman vying for a starting spot on varsity at Casteel High in Queen Creek, Arizona. At Casteel, his head coach is Bobby Newcombe, a star football player at Highland High before going on to play for Nebraska.
“No. 1 he’s a competitor, that’s the biggest thing with him,” Newcombe said of Kennedy Urlacher. “He’ll compete in anything he really does, whether it’s a drill or you line him up in any position whether it’s corner or safety or even playing receiver, he’s going to compete. I coached him in 8th grade and in multiple sports; and then now I get him in high school. He’s a really good athlete, competitor, and his body is built for doing great things.”
Kennedy Urlacher is projected to play cornerback, where there is a need, but as Newcombe said is able to play multiple positions. In the defensive backfield, he’ll be joined by Newcombe’s son, Jeremiah, who is also competing to start as a freshman.
Casteel is scheduled to open the coronavirus-delayed football season on Oct. 2.
“They’re competing on that level to start, but we haven’t put on pads yet or done the physical stuff because of the COVID restrictions,” said Bobby Newcombe, who is in his third year as Casteel head coach. “But the one thing that has stood out from the competitive standpoint and from the maturity standpoint is that has put them in a top-tier category.”
Bobby Newcombe believes this could be the first of many offers for Kennedy Urlacher.
“I think the sky’s the limit,” he said. “He’s a really good student in the classroom. He works out on the field. He competes. So, he develops maturity and keeps those characteristics and he will continue to grow and build and mature and be that great player that he can potentially be.”