Prior to Western: Was a defensive starter and kick returner at Ashbrook HS for head coach Mike Briggs ... Started every game played in football from his freshman season through his final year ... Was listed as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com out of high school ... Named Big South 3A/4A Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference as a senior ... Amassed 278 career tackles in his four-year career, including a career-best 89 total hits as a junior ... Finished with eight career interceptions ... Was also a back-up quarterback his freshman season behind current UNC-Chapel Hill QB, A.J. Blue while attending North Gaston HS ... Also ran track and played boys basketball as a prep, earning most improved honors on the hardwood and track MVP honors his first two years.
Personal: Full name is Willie Lamar Kennedy, Jr. ... Is the son of Willie, Sr., and Rita Kennedy ... Has one older sister, Lashana ... His cousin, Josh Jackson, plays football at rival Appalachian State.