"I've never been to Arizona State, but I heard a lot about it. I'm going on my trip on January 11th so I will know more about the school then. I like the depth chart there because they have two seniors graduating and next year there are going to have two seniors, a JC transfer and some freshmen. I'm thinking about majoring in one of three areas and Arizona State has all three."
As a junior the 6-3 195-pound Kendal Keys posted seven touchdowns and added six interceptions as a junior for La Mesa (Calif.) Helix, helping the Highlanders to the CIF-State D-II title. This year the Highlanders fell short of their repeat bid going 10-1 with their lone defeat taking place in the D-II semifinals. Keys reported senior season stats of approximately 600 yards, 40 receptions and nine touchdowns.
"Keys is a bigger receiver, who has ideal size for a possession receiver," said Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst Huffman, "but with much better speed. One of the best route-runners at the position out West, with soft hands and good strength to handle backers or defensive backs jamming him at the line of scrimmage. Gets good separation and is a good downfield threat."
Keys was also listed by the Scout.com recruiting analyst team as one of the surprises of the Southern California NIKE camp in April.
In previous interviews, Keys mentioned Boise State as the other school he was looking at very closely and he will visit the Broncos on December 7th.
"Boise State and Arizona State were always the two schools I was looking at from the beginning of the year," Keys stated. "Those have been my top teams and those are the only two visits I have now. I'll probably visit Arizona after Arizona State, I'll visit San Diego State because it's close to home and maybe Colorado.
"I'm not 100 percent sure how many visits I will be taking, but I really think it's going to be between Boise State and Arizona State."
Aside from academics, the wide receiver listed other factors that will influence his ultimate decision.
"I'm going to choose a school I know I can adapt to," Keys explained. "When I visit a school I want to get that feeling that when I walk on their campus I'll feel something that gives me a good vibe that this is place I can be at."