Nebraska impresses Keels

Wisconsin commitment Joe Keels from Highland (Kans.) C.C. was in Lincoln this weekend for what seemed to be one of a few upcoming visits. What are his thoughts now on any other trips?

Wisconsin commitment Joe Keels took an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. The 6-foot-4 and 275-pound defensive lineman from Highland (Kans.) C.C. was just leaving Nebraska and it was clear he was impressed with his visit.

"I just got in the car," Keels said. "The game was crazy. It was the atmosphere and the fans. The fans there treat their players really well.

"When we were walking out and they were screaming my name around the tunnel walk. It was just crazy that they knew who I was or any of the other recruits."

The defensive style caught Keels eye. He saw another junior college transfer on the field having immediate success as well. He said that he can see many scenarios where he could be valuable to the Nebraska defense.

"I really like the way that their defense plays. If I chose Nebraska, Randy Gregory and I are athletic enough to stand up and drop back into space.

"But, with both of us on the line opposite one another we could be unstoppable. Their defense is real young. They are only going to get better over the next two years. I love how they play."

A lot of the recruits always want to comment about Nebraska's facilities. Keels acknowledged that the facilities were nice, but it won't be what stands out the most to him looking back on the visit.

"Their facilities are nice, but it's not going to be what I remember about Nebraska," Keels said. "They are probably the best facilities in the nation. The best thing about this visit was the Nebraska coaching staff.

"I like how they get after their players and they are always coaching. I really liked all of the players on the defensive line too. We all clicked. I also hung out with Jonathan Rose who transferred from Auburn. It was like we knew each other for years and had just met."

Nebraska offered Keels just days before he pulled the trigger on a commitment to Wisconsin. Going into the visit this weekend Keels thought that he was wide open, but still a future Badger. That has changed after seeing Nebraska.

"Before going on the visit I was saying to myself that I was wide open. I was still committed to Wisconsin though. Alabama had started to show interest and I had planned on visiting Oregon too.

"I am going to cancel all of my remaining visits except the trip to Wisconsin the weekend after Thanksgiving. Wisconsin and Nebraska are my top two and final schools."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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