SoCal lineman getting interest

Mater Dei high school is considered one of the top football programs in the state of California. One of the reasons for the Monarch's success is the fact that they have a tremendous conditioning program and great players. OL/DL Will O'Keefe has caught the attention of several college programs including Vanderbilt, Army, Navy, Indiana, Rice and most of the Ivy League.

Will O'Keefe says his technique and tenacity are what make him a good player, "I think my technique is strong and I have tenacity to go after people. I have pretty good ability to go up to the second level and go after people." O'Keefe is a strong player who benches over 325 pounds and squats 450. Mater Dei utilizes a conditioning program called "velocity" that consists of short distance running and hang cleaning which O'Keefe described as, "all these crazy little lifts that they have us do."

O'Keefe has a host of college coaches that like what he does on the field. Also a great student with a 4.0 GPA, he is already getting steady interest from Vanderbilt, Army, Navy, Indiana, Rice and most of the Ivy League.

In February O'Keefe made a trip east and visited Navy, Georgetown, and William & Mary. He talked to the coaching staffs at each university and was told that those coaches will keep an eye on him during his senior season. In particular, the Navy coaches said they wanted him to show even more tenacity.

O'Keefe has no offers yet despite strong interest from several programs. He says one school in particular he is very interested in is Army. He says he would strongly consider going to Army even if it weren't to play football. "If I was to go [just] as a student, that would be good too. I mean it's the top school in the nation." O'Keefe says he's been talking to the Army coaches and they've been sending him videos of their games. O'Keefe plans to visit West Point this summer.

Another school making contact with O'Keefe is Vanderbilt. He last heard from them a couple of weeks ago. O'Keefe likes the combination of outstanding academics and tough SEC football, "If Vanderbilt was to offer me I would definitely take it into consideration. It's a great academic program and they have strong football."

The big Southern California lineman says that both Indiana and Rice have come on strong recruiting him over the past couple months. He has visited the Houston school and says, "Rice was very interested in me when I went there."

O'Keefe plans to visit most of the schools that are interested in him this summer. He also plans to camp at UCLA, Northwestern, Yale and Brown.

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