An unknown in recruiting circles prior to this season due to never having played football, Keon caught 30+ passes for 755 yards and 7 touchdowns. After not playing in the first two games of the season, Keon played well enough in the remaining games to earn All-Metro and Honorable Mention All-State by both groups that selected the all-state teams.
Talk about your reasons for committing to Mississippi State this past weekend.
"I think they were well organized and I liked the coaching staff a lot. I like the fact that Coach Croom has a vision of being the best."
What is State recruiting you as?
"I am a wide receiver."
What is your forty speed?
"I ran a 4.3 but I think it is normally a 4.4."
Was this the first year you played football?
"Yes sir, I came in the 3rd game of the season. I didn't even start the season off."
As far as recruiting, you were a complete unknown, weren't you?
How did Mississippi State find out about you?
"I sent them my highlight tape."
Obviously, they liked what they saw on the tape since they brought you in for an official visit. When you came in for your visit, what did the coaches say they liked about you
"They said they saw things on tape that you normally can't teach with some athletes. Personally, I think I did stuff that other wide receivers can't. I am a playmaker, a game breaker. Because of that, they really liked some of the things I did on tape. They also said one of the good things about it is they can bring me in and not have to change any (bad) habits that I might have."
Did they say they are going to use you anywhere other than wide receiver, such as kick or punt returner?
"I hope they do, we did a little talking but I can't say for sure."
Have you visited any other schools other than Mississippi State?
"I am supposed to visit Vanderbilt and I have already visited Tennessee State."
What schools have offered you scholarships?
"Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee State, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State, Murray State, Alcorn State and a few others."
When did you receive your scholarship offer from Mississippi State?
"Coach Croom offered me on Saturday. They could see it in my eyes that that was where I wanted to go. I made it official Sunday."
Are you excited about playing for a team in the SEC?
"That's a dream. That's a dream. Only three hundred players receive scholarships to the SEC every year and I am one of the 300."
Going back to this being your first year to play, why did it take you so long to come out for football?
"It's hard to answer. I was really seeing what I could do in baseball and basketball. I also ran relays in track. In baseball, I was going to see if I could get a nice scholarship. I thought that baseball was my ticket. I batted about .400 and had an on-base percentage of over .500. I had 24 stolen bases. I was probably tops in the metro. But they had been trying to get me out for (football) a while. I used to go to the games and watch them and I knew it was something that I could do. I knew I could be the best. I always strive to be the best. Then, one day, I said I need to go out and do this."
Once you went out, was it easier or harder than you expected?
"It was new but to tell you the truth, it was actually easier once I got on the field. I used my athleticism to achieve."
One last question: Did State talk to you about baseball. If so, are you going to try out for their baseball team?
"No sir, they didn't even know about it but I talked to them about it. We'll see where that goes."
Do you know anything about Mississippi State baseball?
"I know they are a big-time program."
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