Keys Signs on with Alabama

Stevenson defensive back Chris Keys signed with Alabama just before noon on Wednesday.

Chris Keys, 6-2, 207 pounds, is a four-star prospect ranked the 7th-best safety prospect in the nation. Keys was ruled ineligible to play in Alabama as a senior after transferring from his home state of Louisiana. Keys lived with Alabama signee Ali Sharrief while attending North Jackson High School.

As a junior Keys rushed for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns and threw for 790 yards and seven touchdown passes. On defense he had 57 tackles and seven interceptions. He bench presses 330 pounds, squats 500 and has a 39-inch vertical jump.

Keys was committed to LSU, but declared for Alabama on December 25, 2004 after Nick Saban left LSU for a coaching position in the National Football League. LSU continued to pursue Keys after his commitment to Alabama.

"Coach Shula and Coach Ball have meant a lot to me. They kept talking to me and they knew the situation. They gave me a second option just in case. They let me know they were still here," replied Keys after committing to Alabama. "Next year is going to be a great year. We have a lot of great players coming back and a lot of good new players coming in. Alabama is going to be really good for the next several years."

Keys reported a 3.1 grade point average and said he plans to take the ACT on February 12. He plans to enroll at Alabama in the summer and play safety.

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