Stacy Keely Trips to Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State may be looking to add a big possession receiver or two to this year's recruiting class. Although both Keely twins, Stacy and Eron, stand 6-foot-8, 200-pounds, they've been a couple of under-the-radar prospects from Omaha (Neb.) Northwest High School. They got the Wildcat coaches attention at June camp and were back on campus for the North Texas game on Saturday.

"We drove down with my mom, aunt, and Coach (Clinton) Childs," said Stacy Keely. "We took a tour of the facilities and got to see the weight room, locker room, and the meeting rooms. Then we went to Cat town where families go to have before the game. During pre-game we got to go on the sidelines to watch Kansas State and North Texas workout. Camp went pretty well and all of the coaches seemed excited to see us back there. They talked to our coach and it seemed like they're really interested in having us come down there to play for them."

Stacy Keely is having a breakout season with 372 receiving yards and six touchdowns in four games for the Northwest Huskies. With a big start to his senior season and leaving a lasting impression on the coaches at camp, he's hoping he Wildcats will make their offer.

"I'd really like to play there," he said on the prospect of playing at Kansas State. "Right now I think they're the only college extending me any looks. At camp I got them to take notice when I ran a 4.5 (40-yard dash) and did well in the one-on-one drills. They were picking on me a little bit and kept asking me to run routes against the best defensive backs there and I was pretty much dominating them. I went against a guy who ran a 4.2 and beat him for a touchdown on a slant and go route."

Keely has an 80-inch wingspan and speed to spare. He's the reining state champion in the high jump and also runs the 200 meter dash and the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 meter relays. Although he's being recruited by Nebraska and Missouri for track, Keely says he has a lot to offer a college football team and is willing to do the dirty work.

"I'm a physical player who loves to block," Keely stated. "A lot of receivers aren't too big on getting up the field to block, but that's what I do best. I'm doing a great job of making the catches. I give my coaches all the credit for making me into the player I am."

Clinton Childs, who played I-back on the great 1995 Nebraska team, is helping the Keely twins with the recruiting process. Del Miller and Michael Smith are keeping in touch with the pair as they continue to evaluate their progress. Keely says he knows where their mother would like to see them play for the next four years.

"My Mom was taking tons of pics at the [Kansas State] game," he said. "She would love to see us decked out in purple and white."

Northwest plays in Class A, the highest level in Nebraska. They're next game is against Creighton Prep on September 21st. Stacy wears No. 8 and his brother, Eron, wears No. 9 for the Huskies.

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