Country Day HS (Beverly Hills, MI)
NR: *** - Position Rank: 22
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Video: Demens Makes it Official
His Recruiting Story
Kenny Demens saw his recruitment emerge from the shadow of good friend and teammate
Jonas Gray during the summer. Initially targeted by the likes of Michigan State,
Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska, Boston College, Minnesota, and Wisconsin…
the Spartans and Cornhuskers made their way to the top of his early list. Then
the Michigan Wolverines came a-calling in July of 2007 and shook things up a
I came in from running on and I had missed a text message from coach Moeller,"
Demens said back in July. "It told me to give him a call. We did a little
catching up and then he told me that he’d like me to make it up there
on August 1st with my mom. Most of the conversation was about me trying to get
up there before I start camp on August 6."
Michigan’s decision to offer likely had a great deal to do with Demens'
impressive showing at the Wolverines annual summer camp. He shined at linebacker
on the first day of what was planned to be a two-day affair. The 6-1, 225-pounder
had hoped to return to Ann Arbor to work out at fullback (his other high school
position), but was unable to make it.
"I had a hamstring injury," Demens explained. "I didn't want
to come back the next day and one: not perform well, and two: hurt it even more.
Otherwise I would have been back up there doing my thing."
Demens eventually narrowed his choices to Michigan and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers
made a very strong push, especially with Jonas Gray as one of their commitments
(at the time). Even so, the lure of a big time program in his home state was
hard to overlook, especially with his mother espousing the virtues of the program
at every turn.
“She loved it,” Demens said after one of his unofficial visits
to Ann Arbor with his mother. “She told me that they need some more talent
out there and that the opportunity is there for me. She was saying she wished
I had committed, but she is letting me do my thing, so it’s cool.”
Then in late September Demens came to a decision that thrilled his entire
“I was in church and my pastor was preaching a sermon, and the topic
was about staying home,” he recalled. “When he said those words
I looked over at my grandma and I got chill bumps. She said, ‘see Kenny,
stay home.’ I’m a believer. I come from a religious family. I had
this gut feeling that triggered me to choose one college over all of them. That
was the feeling I got at that moment. When I got home I looked at my mom with
a real serious look on my face and said, ‘ma, Michigan.’ Then she
jumped up and down hollering! I was like, ‘yeah…ma, it’s cool,
it’s cool.’ She was crazy happy!”
As a senior, Demens had 163 tackles, including 11 the Division 4 title game.
He had 7.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He also threw
for three TDs and had a 67-yard kickoff return for a TD.
(By Allen Trieu) Every time I watch Kenny Demens play, it seems like
he ends up with 15-20 tackles, but he never makes the highlight reel type play.
He isn't flashy, he just gets the job done and that is what you want from a
linebacker. He is always in the right place at the right time and he was a vocal
and emotional leader for his team. This is a mature young man who won't give
his coaches any problems at all. At Michigan, well, I expect Kenny to be able
to contribute early in his career as a special teamer. The biggest thing he
needs to do to play at linebacker right away is get in the weight room and get
stronger. He is a fine form tackler and that would only improve with better
strength. A nose for the ball, sure tackling, instincts, character, leadership,
all that and more make up this tough, gritty player.