Huskers offer JUCO DE

Joe Keels is a name that people need to be aware of. The 6-foot-4 and 260-pound defensive end is holding at least 30 offers and is getting close to trimming his list.

Joe Keels from Highland (Kans.) Community College is one of the most sought after junior college players in the country. The three-star defensive end says that his team is .500 right now and looking to improve.

"Things are good," Keels said. "We have played six games and we are 3-3. I think that I have four sacks on the season and 15 or 16 solo tackles."

Highland features Keels in a number of different ways. They run odd and even man fronts and you can find him anywhere from the five to the six all the way out to a nine depending what they are trying to do.

"We do a lot of different things. We run even and odd fronts. All of the teams like me as a defensive end that puts his hand in the ground or a walk-up linebacker. I don't want to move down to the three."

Keels obviously has a lot of athleticism if teams like him more as a hybrid and given his size. He says that off of the edge that he's quick and has the strength to get off of blockers.

"I get off the ball fast for my size. I can close on the ball quick and I have good strength. I bench 400-pounds so I can get off of my blockers and pursue the ball."

There are right around 30 offers on the table for Keels at the moment. He doesn't know for sure, but says that the offers continue to come in. Recently, he lost a couple of family members and says that that has been taking his mind away from the game and recruiting.

"I have 30 offers or so right now," Keels said. "Honestly, I am not sure if it's right at 30 or more now. A lot of little schools have offered me as well as big, national programs.

"I have had some bad things happen with my family recently and I have been focusing mainly on that. I need to talk to my defensive line coach and narrow my list down to a top five soon."

The Huskers are one of the latest teams to offer Keels. While Keels doesn't have that narrowed down list he does know one team that will be on it when he knows who all five teams are.

"Nebraska offered me on Sunday. They are definitely going to be in my top five. I really like their scheme and how they do things with their program. I could go there and be a leader for them and their defense."

Keels played at Rochester College in 2011, totaling 43 tackles and 12.5 sacks and then enrolled at North Dakota College of Science, but sat out the 2012 season with an injury. He has since transferred to Highland and will finish up his coursework this December with three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 11 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 13 years.
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