Just a sophomore, Crystal Lake (IL) South OL Trevor Keegan is already drawing the attention of several Division One football programs. One of the state's top sophomore prospects, Keegan is getting his feet wet in the recruiting process and trying to take things slowly early on.
"I just want to talk to my family and see what we want to do and take things step-by-step," he said. "We're starting in the state of Illinois then spreading out to other parts of the country state-by-state."
Keegan has the makings of a future Big Ten offensive lineman, so it's no surprise that he's already hearing from several Big Ten programs. He knows he's in a position that not everyone will be, even as upperclassmen.
"I've heard from Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Iowa, a couple other schools have sent letters and talked to my coaches," Keegan said. "I'm just trying to stay humble and take the process as well as I can. I'm blessed to be in this situation."
Keegan already does have one offer from an in-state program, but thinks that after his film from this season comes out, more could follow.
"Right now I have an offer from Northwestern," he said. "I'm hoping after this season more schools offer."
Despite being a Midwest native and fitting the mold of being a Big Ten lineman, Keegan actually has long been a fan of a certain Nike-centric program out of the Pacific Northwest.
"I've always wanted to be a Duck," Keegan said of his fanhood of Oregon growing up. "I loved (Jonathan) Stewart, their running back in 2008. I've always loved that school, and I'm hoping to be able to go out and visit sometime."
Keegan has taken a couple of visits already, but hopes to make it out to a few more schools to really get a feel for what's out there.
"I've been to Indiana for the spring game, been to Iowa," he said. "Hopefully I can get to Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. I might get up to Minnesota."
Keegan does have an early idea of what he really wants in a school. Nothing really out of the ordinary, but team vibe and gameday atmosphere seem to be important components of what he desires in a college.
"The atmosphere, definitely. I like hyped crowds," Keegan said. "The coaching staff and how the players interact with each other. I want to see how I relate and have a relationship with the coach. The way the offensive line coach coaches and how he is one-on-one."
Keegan is expected to be a coveted prospect over the next couple years, but we asked him what HE thought set him apart. And he gave a fairly accurate evaluation of himself.
"I got size, and you can't really teach size," he pointed out. "I have good feet and good footwork. I'm pretty fast for how big I am. I've started lifting a lot more and I'm getting stronger each and every year."