Keeney Creates Launching Point

The Granite Bay (Calif.) 2014 linebacker, Dylan Keeney, is hoping his state title performance kick starts recruiting...

Granite Bay (Calif.) 2014 linebacker Dylan Keeney (6-4, 210), had been overshadowed by his brother, Brendan, a quarterback for the Grizzlies the previous two seasons.

But Keeney made some plays in the CIF State D-I Championship game that have allowed him to make a pretty big name for himself.

Keeney had two interceptions in the state bowl game, one a pick-six, to help the Grizzlies knock off Long Beach Poly, 21-20.

"It's unbelievable to win the state championship and be the best team in D-I in California," said Keeney. "We had a 1-3 start and people questioned out team. But we never let up. This was our season in a nutshell. People wanted to count us out but we wouldn't quit."

With the offense not getting anything going, Keeney put the Grizzlies in front with an interception that swung momentum their way.

"We knew it was coming," said Keeney. "They were going for the deep curl and we saw it on film, and I dropped into coverage, picked it and all I saw was the end zone and I ran as fast as I could to get into the end zone."

Though the Jackrabbits would score to take the lead, the Grizzlies put up one more touchdown, than stopped Poly to win the title.

"We have that heart and it showed on the game-winning touchdown," said Keeney. "Our offense stepped up in that fourth quarter."

Keeney said that he hasn't heard from any schools yet, but hopes this season, and the state championship game in particular, will change that.

"I'm excited to go to some camps and get out there and hopefully get some interest from some schools, and then hopefully some offers," said Keeney. "I'd love to stay on the West Coast."

But in the meantime, Keeney's only focus right now is savoring a state title.

"We're excited to take this state title home to Granite Bay and enjoy this one for a long time," said Keeney.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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