Huskers to host lineman

Nebraska was working hard in the Big Ten footprint last year and had some decent results. Prior to changing conferences from the Big 12 to the Big Ten for Nebraska the recruiting effort in Ohio and Illinois was selective at best. Now Nebraska has been making it an emphasis to get the players from these areas and have extended a new offer to an offensive lineman in the area.

"It's all happening really, really fast," Keeler said. "I think that I got the offer from Nebraska three days ago from Coach John Garrison. I was really surprised to get it. It was awesome."

"Coach Garrison and I are really building a solid relationship. We exchange messages over Facebook a lot and I have talked to him on the phone a couple of times. He's seems like a good guy."

Nebraska missed on the tackle position in the 2012 class making it a priority for the 2013 class. Nebraska likes Keeler as a tackle and that is where Keeler is projected to play by most schools, but some say guard is a possibility too.

"Nebraska likes me as a tackle. I am going to play left tackle this year. I think that I finish really well and I can stay low for a tall, big guy. I have heard tackle primarily. I have heard guard from a couple of schools. Not just guard, but play anywhere other than center."

There has been a flurry of offers recently for Keeler which drives his total into double-digits. "I have 11 offers. I have Central Michigan, Western Michigan, West Virginia, Nebraska, Toledo, Wyoming, Western Kentucky, Northern Illinois, Indiana, Illinois and one more.

Keeler hasn't given much thought to a list of his top schools, but he knows what he is looking for when it comes to picking out a school. He's looking for a family when it comes to the team and the coaches first.

"I am looking for that brotherhood within my team and a family. I am also looking for a place that I could call home for the next four or five years. Distance isn't a huge thing because getting back home from any airport is pretty fast."

The offer from Nebraska is pretty new and Keeler isn't wasting any time getting over to Lincoln to take a look. He is taking off next week on an eight hour drive to check out what the Huskers have to offer.

"I am coming over to Nebraska next weekend. My mom and I are going to drive over there. We are leaving Friday morning. I have only heard good things about Nebraska so I am looking forward to the trip."

Keeler has already been to see quite a few schools and the Huskers won't be the last team that he will be seeing either. "I have been to Western Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin. I think that I will be going to Vanderbilt, Tennessee and South Florida in the coming weeks after Nebraska."

Keeler is just taking it all in. He admits that most of the recruiting offers and attention he has received up to this point have come in the last two or three days. He's just happy that it's coming.

"It's all come to me the past three or four days, the offers from these big schools, and now they are coming around and I am glad that I am getting the attention."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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