Fla. LB Favors Two

For now, the Miami Nike Camp MVP favors two schools, one on the west coast and one in his backyard. But there is a long way to go for linebacker Keith Rivers.

The MVP of the Nike Camp at the University of Miami was linebacker Keith Rivers from Lake Mary, Florida. Rivers, 6-3 and 220 pounds, ran a 4.56 in Coral Gables and was the most impressive linebacker there and there were certainly a number of impressive linebackers roaming the Hurricane practice facility. "That was really a great camp and I learned so much," Rives said. "I learned how to improve my speed and you can bring that stuff home with you and work on it there. I know I came home a better player."

Last season as a junior, Rivers recorded 160 tackles (105 solo), 11 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks and an interception for Lake Mary. He also played a little bit at the tight end position. This season, Rivers will play a little fullback in addition to being the full-time starter at middle linebacker. According to Rivers, he has 15-20 scholarship offers from such schools as LSU, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, USC and Oklahoma. For now, Rivers favors two.

"I like Florida and USC. I went to a Florida practice and the coaches are excellent. They seem like cool guys and I had a great experience there. I used to live in Southern California and I would love to move back. I have talked with the USC coaching staff and they seem like cool guys as well. Right now I also like Miami, Georgia and Notre Dame. To be honest with you, I am pretty shocked about all this stuff. I just never realized the attention and offers would come this quickly. I want to take my time with the process and make a wise decision."

Rivers father was in the Air Force and he spent time in California, Louisiana and South Carolina. Now retired, they have settled on Central Florida. This summer, Rivers plans on camping at USC and Florida and would also like to get down to Miami but he is unsure if he can make it down to Coral Gables.


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