Keith Sconiers Working For More Offers

The Fighting Illini football coaches need a large number of receivers to run their spread offense properly. So they are looking far and wide for the best prospects. Among those under consideration is Oak Lawn Richards' Keith Sconiers, who displayed his abilities at a recent Illini camp in Chicago.

It is a good year for receivers in the state of Illinois. Kyle Prater from Proviso West and Matt Milton from Mascoutah may be at the top of the list, but Keith Sconiers isn't too far behind.

Sconiers spoke after a recent Nike Combine held on the campus of the University of Illinois recently.

"It was great. I liked the experience, all the competition. There were a lot of great players out here."

Camps like these offer instruction from top coaches while giving athletes a chance to compete against their peers.

"I learned a lot. The coaches were teaching us stuff to help us with our speed and agility, and how to run our routes better."

Sconiers believes he has the skills to perform at a high level in college. He provided a list of his best attributes.

"My speed and my hands, and I've got a lot of good jumping ability. I'm starting to gain weight and work on my cutting abilities, to stop and go right away."

Of course the slender 6'-2", 175 pounder knows he must improve his weight and strength. And there is always more to learn.

"I want to gain weight and still work on my speed and route running."

He has drawn interest from a number of colleges.

"Recruiting is going great. I had a lot of schools come in to see me, and I've been talking to a lot of schools. I have a couple offers from the Big East and Big 10."

While he does not yet hold an offer from Illinois, his performance at an Illini one-day camp at Lane Tech High School in Chicago gave them something to think about.

"I talk to Coach (Curt) Mallory a lot. He asked me to call him to let him know how the (Nike) camp went."

Besides Nike and Illinois camps, Sconiers has planned for at least one more camp.

"I'm going up to Michigan State. I've got to call a couple other coaches to see when their camps are, and then I need to talk to my parents about their work schedule to see if I can make it to any."

Sconiers is looking forward to his senior season this fall.

"We're gonna look real good. Way better than last year."

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