(Our apologies for the “Men Without Hats” reference, we just couldn’t help ourselves)
The UND Football team has signed two junior college safeties to add depth to a position that was badly in need of it. William Lewis (5′-11″-180) of Los Medanos College and Clordion Kennedy (5’11”-195) of Contra Costa College both officially joined the UND Football program on Thursday. Both were both all-conference performers in their respective conferences. We had speculated at the Kennedy signing earlier in the summer but nothing was made official until now.
After watching the highlights on these two, Kennedy appears to be the classic strong safety type. He is a very good run stopper and blitzer and has more of a linebacker body type. Kennedy hails from Fremont High School in Oakland originally.
Lewis appears to be more of a free safety. He is a little leaner and played much more in the deep halves or thirds and did less blitzing than Kennedy. He also had 5 interceptions last season which tells us he has a nose for the ball. Lewis is originally from Freedom High School in Pittsburg, CA.
With Erik Mersereau and Baylee Carr being the only two back with experience at the safety positions, the Sioux were in desperate need of depth at both positions. Freshman Javen Butler could get plugged into backup duty if he is on the team come fall but realistically he cannot be expected to do much with no reps under his belt. BJ Fifita is another who will get playing time but once again is a freshman with no experience. One wild card at the safety position is true freshman Ryan Cain of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a highly sought after recruit who showed the play making ability to possibly step in and help out this fall.
UND also officially announced the signing of high school linebacker J.D. Allen of Amarillo, TX. It just confirms the writeup we did on Allen back in March when he officially signed with the Sioux, per the article from the Amarillo Globe News.