Patrick Keenan (Howard W. Blake/Tampa, Fla.) had picked up his first batch of offers from Toledo, Troy, Marshall and UMass this spring, but on April 6 he added his first power-five look. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound 2018 defensive end heard from UMD assistant Brawley Evans, who let the budding edge rusher know he had an offer from the Terps.
"Oh man, that offer meant everything," Keenan said. "But I’m really just trying to stay in the weight room to get bigger. Because those power-five D-ends, they’re big (laughs). But it was a great offer and I’m really thankful for it. I was real excited, especially because it was my first power-five offer. I'm always going to be looking at Maryland because of that."
Keenan said April 6 was the first time he'd heard from Evans. He said the Terps' coach began following him on Twitter, sent him a direct message minutes later and then took a call from Keenan shortly after that.
"And he told me the Maryland coaches liked my film, thought I’d fit great in their system and congratulations on the offer," Keenan said. "That was the first time I'd talked to him, but he sounded really cool and I’m looking forward to getting to know him more."
The Tampa native said Evans didn't spend much time explaining the school or program during the initial conversation. The two plan to reconnect, however, in the near future so Keenan can further familiarize himself with the Terps.
"I really don’t know much. I have to see if they have the type of program I want to be in," Keenan said. "But I know about the Big Ten, and I know all about the uniforms. But I’ll see if I can get up for a visit. Coach Evans is going to be talking to my coaches about a potential trip up. Then I’ll see if I can make it up with my family."
In the meantime, Keenan will hit UCF April 14. That will be his first trip this offseason, and he has no others scheduled after that.
Keenan said the only other power-five school showing interest thus far is Va Tech, although he expects more to come in during the evaluation period.
"I don’t really have any favorite colleges or offers I'm looking for though. It’s whoever fits me best academically, as a person and athletically," Keenan said. "I really want to find a place that has my major, stage production, which I’m studying now at my school."
The defensive end went on to say that he'd likely wad through the entire recruiting process so he can identify which programs truly want him and where he fits best.
"I have to see what offers I get, who really pushes for me, and where I feel most comfortable," he said. "But, like, staying close to home really isn’t a factor for me. I just want to find the place that wants me the most."
Keenan is coming off a season where he recorded 66 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions. He said all of his offers are for defensive end, although he can play some outside linebacker too, as well as tight end.