J.J. Keels Looks to Impress

Melbourne (FL) Air Academy is home to one of the most underrated running backs in the state for the class of 2011, 5-9.5, 182-pound J.J. Keels. Keels ran an impressive time of 4.42 at the Schuman camp earlier this year and benches 285-pounds and squats 325-pounds.

"I have written offers from Florida International, Duke and Maryland," J.J. Keels said. "An offer from Maryland is in the mail. I talked with the coaches from Texas Tech and West Virginia and an offer will be made soon. I was looking forward to visiting Florida International during spring break but the trip was postponed until a later date. I made a unofficial visit to Duke University and I was highly impressed with Coach Collins, Coach Roper and head coach Cutcliffe. I observed the coaches dealing with other potential students and it was like a family. Coach Collins talked about me taking my time to make this decision, because Duke is very interested in my education. I want to make other visits before I identify my home for the next four years. I plan to visit the schools that have made me an offer. I want to visit Florida International, Maryland and Duke again to talk to the admission representative. I hear from Duke, Florida International and Maryland weekly. I also hear regularly from North Carolina, Alabama, Rutgers, Texas Tech and West Virginia. I would say Duke and Florida International is showing the most interest."

Keels breaks down his game and gives his outlook for his senior season.

"My strength is I have a love for the game and I play with my heart. When I talk to colleges coaches I tell them I want to be a running back. I train hard and regular so I can dominate at the combines. Every summer I spend a week at Tom Shaw Speed and Agility camp. I work on my deficiencies and I utilize the staff and other running backs in attendance to assist and recommend what I need to do at the next level. One thing I have been told is the college game is much faster. We want to continue where we left off last year. We sent our senior off in style by making the playoff and this year we want to take it to the next level. This year we are going to play as one and we are going to leave it all on the field. We need to stay healthy and stay in good physical condition."

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