Savannah (Ga.) athlete commits to Army

Aaron "A.J." Keene, the starting slotback/cornerback at Calvary Day School, located in Savannah, Ga., put together the kind of senior season he wanted to, one that attracts offers. As he went through season and the recruiting process, he was extended six offers, but developed one school continued to resonate in his mind — Army.

Aaron "A.J." Keene, the starting slotback/cornerback at Calvary Day School, located in Savannah, Ga., put together the kind of senior season he wanted to, one that attracts offers. As he went through season and the recruiting process, he was extended six offers, but developed one school continued to resonate in his mind — Army

Mitch Ware would offer Keene on behalf of Army in late season during Calvary Day's run the state playoffs. Although Keene was initially intrigued, both of his parents are currently serving in the military, he wanted fully explore all of his options. Offers would come in for Keene from Butler, Campbell, Cumberland, Georgetown (Ky.), and Lenoir–Rhyne, but in the end he couldn't shake the desire to attend the United States Military Academy.

On Monday, January 12th, the 5-foot-8, 160-pound Keene made his verbal pledge to Army.

"With both of my parents being in the military, it's something that I've been surrounded by all of my life," Keene said. "I liked all of the tradition at West Point and the way the coaches recruited me throughout the process. I realized that it was something I really wanted to do, so I called Coach Ware on Monday and told him I was ready to commit and couldn't wait to play for the Black Knights.

"I'll be going to (West Point) on January 30th on an unofficial visit. I still have to retake the SAT on January 24th and the ACT on February 8th to see if I can go into West Point direct. I know that it's hard and I could benefit from spending a year at Prep, but I would rather go in direct, to be honest with you."

Keene performed at running back, wide receiver, defensive back and special teams at Calvary Day, and although Army recruited him primarily as an athlete, he'll start out in the Black Knights secondary.

"Basically, (Army) likes how I fly to the ball," he said. "They were impressed with my cover skills. I've spoken to Coach (Orlando) Mitjans before, but look forward to speaking to him more when I go for visit in a couple of weeks.

"I'm excited about committing. Although I had other offers, Army's going to be the only visit I'll be taking before Signing Day. I'm glad that recruiting is over for me because, basically, it can get pretty stressful at times. It more a relief, though, because I know that I made a great decision.

As a senior, Keene, a four-year starter, helped his team to the semifinals of the GHSA Class A Private School state playoffs. He had more than 1000 all-purpose yards on the 2014 rushing and receiving and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdowns on special teams. On defense, he made 50 total tackles, five for loss, three interceptions (one that was returned for a touchdown), and five pass breakups. Keen's senior year accolades include first team All-State, All-Region, and All-Metro in the Greater Savannah area and was named to the All-ESPNCoastal.com team.

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