Kennedy Urlacher’s surname could create stress brought on by unfairly high expectations. The Class of 2024 Chandler (AZ) High defensive back doesn’t allow it. He embraces the connection with his famous father, Chicago Bears Hall-of-Famer Brian Urlacher.
“It’s a very lucky thing to have a dad who played in the NFL,” Kennedy told HF. “To me, personally, it does not add pressure to my football performance.”
Brian showed excitement when his son received a scholarship offer from Iowa Football last week. Kennedy also reported opportunities from Arizona, Northern Arizona and New Mexico, his father’s alma mater.
“The offer from Iowa means a lot,” Kennedy said. “It’s a very great school that sends a lot of players, especially DBs, to the NFL. I like a lot about Iowa football, especially (assistant) coach (LeVar) Woods and the overall team.”
According to Max Preps, Kennedy Urlacher recorded 43.0 tackles (21.0 solo) in eight games as a freshman in ’20 with two interceptions and 10 passes defended. The site does not list his sophomore numbers.
247 Sports lists Urlacher as a three-star prospect, the No. 56 cornerback nationally in the ’24 class and the No. 19 overall player in Arizona for his recruiting cycle.
Urlacher has been researching the Hawkeyes since receiving his offer.
“Some things I would want to learn about Iowa would be seeing the campus and facilities. I will visit Iowa. There is not a set date for that as of right now,” he said.
Urlacher still is considering what to study in college. It’s an important piece of the puzzle.
“I still don’t know what I want to major in in college, but academics and setting myself up after football is also very important,” he said.
One senses that Urlacher is just scratching the surface of his potential. He’s receiving important help in reaching his ceiling.
“My dad’s role in my development is huge. He helps me, gives me advice and watches film with me,” Urlacher said.