“I was in the area that weekend to help my sister move out of her apartment, so I decided I might as well check out USC and UCLA and there campuses,” Innes said. “They both have great football programs and offer great academics, so I stopped by, met the coaches and just saw what was going on.”
Innes enjoyed his time at USC and provided some thoughts on his time spent on campus with the coaching staff.
“I love their coaching staff and I got to meet Pete Carroll when I was there,” said Innes when asked about his impression of the USC coaching staff. “Jethro Franklin was a really great guy and when you think of Pete Carroll, just think about the success they have every year and I was really impressed.”
Every year the Trojans invite the top players in the country to it’s summer camps, particularly the Rising Stars Camp. Innes spoke to the USC staff about attending the camp, but he hasn’t committed to attending.
“I’m definitely going to try and they do want me to go to their camp and I’m going to see if I can,” said Innes about attending the Rising Stars Camp June 24-25. “My main concern right now is to make sure my team is ready for next year because we’re going for a fourth straight Arizona State Championship. I can’t wait for next season and I’m just counting the days until we get started.”
Winning state championships has become a part of the mentality of being a football player at Saguaro, a school with one of the most impressive coaching staffs in the state. Innes talked about what it’s meant to play for head coach John Sanders and his staff.
“I think, without a doubt, we have the best coaching staff in the nation,” said Innes. “They have done great and really helped us and it shows with how we’ve done every year I’ve been here. And we plan on continuing to have the same success and win state championships. I am so grateful I have all the coaches I have, because they really are the difference makers. A guy can have the potential to be great with his size and athletic ability, but it comes down to technique and the coaching to make a championship caliber team. We’re just really lucky.”
Although Innes might decide to put recruiting on the back burner until after the season, eventually he’s going to have to visit some schools and make a tough decision on where he’ll spend the next four to five years of his life. Arizona State is one of those schools Innes will seriously consider and Saquaro has become a pipeline of talent for the Sun Devils.
“ASU was the first school to offer me and I love the ASU coaching staff, and it’s a really great school,” said Innes about his interest in Arizona State. “I’m not really sure where my parents are going to be living when I’m done playing high school football and they want me close, so they can go to my games. So, it’s between Arizona and California schools. It’s funny, my parents are both Penn State grads, so maybe if Penn State was to offer me a scholarship, they would be okay with me going there. They would never see me play, which would be unfortunate. In the end, when all the offers are on the table, deciding on a school is going to be an extremely difficult decision. It’s going to be really tough.”
Innes has six scholarship offers at this point from Arizona State, Nevada, Stanford, Fresno State, UCLA and Washington, and says he has interest in all of the schools that have offered, but there are a few schools that haven’t offered he’d seriously consider if they did.
“I’m definitely interested in all of the schools that have offered me and I really do appreciate the offers, but there are a few schools that haven’t offered me I would be interested in checking out,” said Innes. “ Definitely among them is USC and Penn State and there’s a bunch, but that’s just to name a few."
On Saturday Innes and most of the top talent from Arizona attended the Phoenix Scout.com Combine at Glendale community college. Jason Jewell, Scout.com’s Arizona expert, added his opinion of Innes.
Saguaro’s tackle Kody Innes is very athletic. He has very good feet and his frame will allow him to bulk up further from the 6-3 274 he measured in at. It is easy to see why he now holds six scholarship offers.
We’ll continue to follow the recruitment of Innes and report on his performance at the Rising Stars Camp should he decide to attend.