Keaton will wait and see

As word began to spread this evening that Turner Gill was no longer the head coach at the University of Kansas, remaining members of the Jayhawks coaching staff were already working the phones with current members of the Class of 2012.

A priority prospect for Kansas is Camden (AR) Fairview athlete Derek Keaton. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect received an offer from the Jayhawks following an outstanding performance during one of the program's "Friday Night Lights" events this summer, and committed shortly thereafter.

Sunday night, Keaton spoke with Kansas offensive line coach J.B. Grimes – his lead recruiter.

"He just told me that my scholarship is still going to be honored, that I still have the scholarship to go there," he said. "Coach Grimes has to go and talk to the (athletic director) tomorrow to see if he still has his position."

Keaton said he's willing to wait and see who the Jayhawks find to replace Gill before making any final decisions, but acknowledged the situation would likely cause him to re-evaluate things.

"I liked the campus when I went there and I liked the school," he explained. "The coaching staff is what I liked the best, so I really don't know what I'm going to do now. If they get a new coach, how will he feel about me?"

"I'm going to give them a chance," Keaton added. "But I'm also going to open up some more doors, some more options. But I am going to give them a chance."

The speedy athlete - who accounted for more than 1,000 total yards as a running back and receiver for the Cardinals this season - is expected to meet with his head coach Monday, to discuss which teams have shown interest.

According to Keaton, home-state Arkansas has called consistently every week.


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