Lawrence Keys III turned in a strong week from a recruiting perspective.
Alabama and Notre Dame offered the wide receiver from New Orleans, joining a list with several other major programs. LSU, Arkansas, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Texas Tech are among the others already involved.
Adding a couple more blue blood programs feels to Keys like validation. More college coaches are taking notice of his ability.
“It actually feels good because a lot of people don’t recruit down here,” Keys said. “They’ve recognized the talent down here. That feels pretty good. Basically when they see my film they say I’m a playmaker. I’m quick, fast and can catch the ball and turn up. That’s basically it.”
Notre Dame wide receivers coach Del Alexander had been in touch with Keys leading up to the offer.
Keys may need Alexander, who joined the program this offseason, to fill in some information gaps, but he’s watched the Irish enough over the last few years to know at least one wide receiver product. That’s a start.
“I don’t know much about them,” Keys said. “Me and coach Alexander have been talking and building up that relationship. I actually don’t know much but I used to watch Notre Dame when Will Fuller was there. I used to watch them a lot. I like what they do. They ran a lot of combination routes.”
Alexander and the 5-foot-11, 168-pound prospect have broached the possibility of making a visit this offseason.
“We’ve been talking about me getting up there to take a visit and stuff,” Keys said. “He wants me to see what they have to offer and how I would fit in at Notre Dame.”
Keys hopes to make the trip to South Bend this offseason.
Right now the next big plan is to make a swing through Texas for some visits. Keys wants to see Texas Tech, Houston, Texas-San Antonio, Texas and Texas A&M. He plans to keep things open until collecting more information.
“I’m really looking to build a relationship with all the coaches,” Keys said. “I wanna see what it feels like being on their campus, touring it and seeing what they have to offer academic-wise.”
Keys also expects to see LSU during spring ball. As ever, the Tigers are a major player with in-state talent.
“Right now I’m just watching and keeping an eye on them,” Keys said. “I wanna see the new system they’re planning on using this spring. I’m just gonna keep my eye on them.”