Cards land star JUCO tight end

Steve Kragthorpe was looking to bring in a junior college tight end who could step in next season and make an impact. This weekend, the Louisville coach found his man in 6'6, 230-pound Rock Keys, a second-team All-American tight end from Jones County (MS) C.C.

Steve Kragthorpe was looking to bring in a junior college tight end who could step in next season and make an impact. This weekend, the Louisville coach found his man in Rock Keys, a 6'6, 230-pound tight end from Jones County (MS) C.C.

"He's a top-notch player," Jones County coach Eddie Pierce said. "He's got great hands and good speed to be 6 foot 6. I think he's going to be a real asset to Louisville's program. He was the most valuable lineman in the South Division this year. I think he's just a (good) all-around tight end."


Rock Keys should compete for the starting TE
job this spring.

Keys is the second player from Jones County to commit to Louisville, joining safety Justin Matthews, who committed to the Cardinals during his official visit two weeks ago. Like Matthews, Keys committed to Louisville this weekend during his official visit. "I think Louisville has gotten two of our best players," Pierce said.

"I had a great visit and I liked everything that went on this weekend," Keys said. "I committed to Louisville. I like the school and the program. I just liked everything that I did this weekend – we went bowling and to a couple parties. I can't wait for the upcoming season."

Keys, who was also being recruited by Kansas State, will graduate from Jones County this month and said he plans to enroll at UofL in January.

"I know if I come in and work hard I can play next season," Keys said. "Louisville uses the tight end a whole lot – both blocking and catching the ball. I watched them a couple times on TV this year and they go to the tight ends a lot. I'm a good blocker, I have great hands and I have good speed for my size. I know I fit well in their system."

Keys, a second-team junior college All-American by JCFootball.com, was named All-State, All-Region 23 and Most Valuable Lineman by the MACJC.


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