Trey Keenan talks visit and more
"Kansas State is a place I really liked," Trey Keenan said. "It's a state school, so they have all the majors. I met with Charlie Dickey, and we talked for awhile and kind of reestablished a connection. He was very complimentary of my ability to defend the pass rush. We talked blocking schemes. What they do with the run is very similar to what we do at my high school with the tackle getting out in front to deter the linebackers."
Keenan has visited Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Arkansas, who have all offered. He hopes to appraise Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi State, and Purdue in person during the summer.
"We're narrowing down the list now," Keenan said. "We trying decide on upcoming visits. When I go to campuses I want to talk to the offensive line coach in particular because he's who I'm going to be spending most of the next five years with. I also want to have a good strength and conditioning coach. As an athlete, I want a coach who can get me to the next level. My goal is to play in the league. I know it's a long shot, but I'm going to shoot for the stars."
Keenan saw time in the rotation at outside linebacker as a freshman. For the last two years he's been a starting tackle. This year he was named 1st team All-State in Texas 3A (AP), Offensive Lineman of the Year in his District, and 1st team All-Area by the coaches in the highly competitive Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
"The first six weeks of the season I had mono, so I was pretty fatigued, " Keenan said. "I started out at 240 then got my weight back up to 255 (now 6-6, 275). I started feeling good and was doing well. I felt more relaxed this year with a good understanding of my blocking assignments. I watched a lot of film and know the reads. All that became secondary to me. I could concentrate more on my technique, coming off the line faster, and improving my speed."
Most colleges are looking at Keenan at tackle with his size and athleticism. He says that's his natural position, but can snap the ball or move inside to guard. After going 12-1 as a sophomore and 13-1 in his junior year, Keenan is hungry to go further in his last go-round at Argyle.
"To have gone 25-2 the last two seasons, we're ready to take the next step," said Keenan of his Eagles team. "This year we lost to Carthage in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They went on to win it all. Next year, we need to get it done.
"I'm getting pretty heavily recruited so some of the attention I'm getting hopefully can get a couple of our guys noticed. It's always been a goal of mine to make the Under Armour or U.S. Army All-American game, so that's an individual goal I'm going to shoot for."
Keenan also competes in the discus and the shot put for Argyle track & field. He also enjoys basketball. He hopes to pursue studies in the area of Wildlife Gaming on the next level.
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