Signee Spotlight: Alex Keith highlights Columbia (Mo.) Hickman defensive end Alex Keith.

Profile: Alex Keith
Size: 6-foot-3, 240 pounds
Hometown: Columbia, Mo.
School: Hickman
Position: Defensive End
Committed: November 28, 2011

Prep Career Highlights:

As a senior, Keith recorded 67 total tackles, including 22 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. For his efforts, he earned class 6A First-Team All-State honors following the 2011 season while also being named an to the all-district team. The talented defensive end finished up junior campaign with 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four blocked kicks and three forced fumbles.

Coach Tracy Claeys' Take:

"Alex Keith is a young man, again, I think that you have to have speed off the edge at defensive end and have guys who can run. He definitely fits that bill again with his athleticism.

"When he shows up in the summer, and how things go, he will have an opportunity to play right away. He's the type that—it may have to be just on third downs and pass-rush situations until he learns—but he definitely has the burst to get off the football and make big plays on the defensive side."

Getting to Know:

How has the offseason been going for you?
"It's been good. I've just been doing my workout the coaches sent me."

What's your current height and weight?
"I'm 6-foot-3, 240 pounds."

When are you officially enrolling at Minnesota?
"Well, I'm supposed to move in on the 8th but my sisters getting married the 9th in Mexico so I'll leave for Minnesota on like the 12th."

Do you know whom you are rooming with?
"Rodrick Williams."

Do you know what you're going to major in?
"Yeah, I want to be a dentist so I'm majoring in biology."

Do you know what number you are going to be at Minnesota?
"No, I don't know what number I'm going to be. I was hoping I could get a single digit but chances are that wont happen so maybe I can get a number in the teens."

Do you have any pregame rituals or routines?
"Not really. I just like to listen to my iPod and go into my own little world until game time."

What are your goals for your freshman season?
"I just want to play. Oh, and get to a bowl."

What is your favorite movie or movies?
"I love Superbad, that's been my favorite for awhile."

Who is currently your favorite musical artist?
"I've been listening to a lot of Meek Mill lately but my favorite artist would have to be Tyga."

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