BuffPlayBook.com will be producing an exclusive feature on current Colorado Commitments called "What the Experts Say about each pledge for Coach Mike MacIntyre's 2014 recruiting class.
We will visit with several regional recruiting experts to get their take, their high school's head coach and the staff of BuffPlayBook.com. This is the type of coverage and analysis that you won't be able to find anywhere else.
In our second feature we will look at California athlete Dylan Keeney from Granite Bay High School.
Keeney, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound athlete plays both side of the football for his high school, playing tight end on the offensive side and outside linebacker on the defensive side of the ball. Keeney is currently rated a three star athlete as a tight end and ranked the No. 34th at position in the nation. He currently has offers from Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, San Jose State, and Wyoming.
COACH ERNIE COOPER'S THOUGHTS ON DYLAN KEENEY: Best hands out of all the players I have ever coached, and I have coached several players that went on to play in the NFL. He has great athletic ability, he can jump, his best vertical leap is 37.5. He has tremendous work ethic. Another positive for Dylan is that he isn't finishing growing, he is a true diamond in the rough and his upside is tremendous. He will be a great player for Colorado. He is a big tall kid, long arms and a very big wing span.
SCOUT.COM WEST RECRUITING EXPERT GREGG BIGGINS' THOUGHTS ON DYLAN KEENEY:Dylan Keeney- Big athlete, legit 6-6, 210 pounds with the ability to play on either side of the ball. Had two interceptions in state championship game last year as an OLB but probably projects best as a TE. Runs well, tough kid, has a motor and is a very instinctive player.
SCOUT.COM WEST REGION RECRUITING MANAGER BRANDON HUFFMAN'S THOUGHT ON KEENEY: "He's headed to Colorado as a tight end, and he'll be a nice weapon, especially in the red zone, for the Buffs. He can run well and catches the ball well, he just needs to add some weight. I'm not convinced though, that his best position isn't outside linebacker or growing into a defensive end. Keeney took over the CIF State D-I Championship game, with two picks, one a pick six, against Long Beach Poly, with tremendous play at the linebacker position, and he may have a higher ceiling there."
BUFFPLAYBOOK.COM PUBLISHER JAMES BRYANT'S TAKE ON DYLAN KEENEY: He runs really well for a big guy. He is so smooth making plays that he doesn't seem to use much effort. He has great field vision and has tremendous closing speed. He can play sideline to sideline. He is listed at 6-foot-6 and 210-pounds, while he may play tight end early for Colorado, if he continues to grow I could see Dylan playing DE or outside linebacker. Look for him to get bigger, stronger, and faster.
BUFFPLAYBOOK'S OVERALL RANKING ON DYLAN KEENEY OUT OF THE EIGHT CURRENT COMMITMENTS FOR COLORADO
I would have to rank him the fourth best recruit out of Mike MacIntyre's 2014 recruiting class so far. Due to his tremendous upside, he could come in and play somewhere immediately for Colorado depending on how much he grows in the next year.
James Bryant has been in the recruiting business for over 10 years, prior to that he spent five years as a student assistant, grad assistant and restricting earnings coach in Football at the College Level. Including serving as Director of Football Operations and Recruiting Coordinator at the junior college level.
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