K-State Making A Play For Keel

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Keel spoke with KStateFans.com on the state of his recruiting heading into mid-summer.

Kansas State is making a play for Coray Keel, a big, physical receiver and big play specialist with plenty of speed to burn Big XII secondaries. Andre Coleman recently visited the 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver out of South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Ga. Keel spoke with KStateFans.com on the state of his recruiting heading into mid-summer.

"Kansas State's offer came during spring practice," said Keel. "Coach Coleman really likes me as a deep threat. He said he loves my play-making ability, how I can catch the ball and turn on my speed, and just make the big catches. He said he was impressed with the little things I do on the field like blocking and running correct routes.

"When I received the [K-State] offer I was real excited about it. The first thing I thought was I need to get to know more about the program and see the place in person. I'm hoping to pick up a good relationship with Coach Coleman so my recruiting will go a lot smoother. I'm definitely interested, but I need to go and see the place for myself."

In his junior season, his third as a starter for South Gwinnett, Keel had more than 900 receiving yards on 29 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He was named first team All-Region, Gwinnett County Player of the Month, and County Player of the Week on three different occasions.

"I do a good job of getting open," he said. "When I find that window, I seize the opportunity and run aggressively through it. In the spring I worked on getting timing down with my quarterback and on my open field moves. I feel like I can beat anyone in one-one-one coverage, but I want to get my moves down to improve my yac on slants and when I go across the middle."

Other BCS schools that have extended offers to Keel include Illinois and Minnesota. He's also hearing a lot from Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, and Syracuse.

"I'm still pretty open right now," Keel shared. "I don't have a top five or even a top eight yet. I want to come into a community where I comfortable with the environment. I don't want to go away and be homesick right away. I want to go in knowing I'll be comfortable there and have a good relationship with the coaches already established. I want to be able to come talk with them about anything. Playing-wise, I just want to come in and help the program any way I can as a freshman, but I would like to see the field."

Keel said he'll likely attend many camps over the summer with Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas as probable destinations.

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