Keys Looking To Get His Name Out There

As usual, Ohio is filled with many fine RBs this year. One of them is Bellevue's Greg Keys, who recently participated in Nike Camp in Columbus and is looking to get the attention of the Division I schools.

Running back Greg Keys of Bellevue High School can be considered as one of those fringe players who was at the Nike camp at Ohio State last month trying to get his name out there. Formerly of Sandusky Perkins High School, Keys is not always mentioned among the top running backs in the state for this season but he definitely has a tremendous amount of upside to him.

"I felt like I did pretty good (at the Nike camp). I wish my 40 time was a little better down there," said Keys who ran a 4.63 second 40-yard dash. "But I learned a lot of stuff and I met some people and I saw a lot of good athletes down there. It was a good experience."

Keys measured 6-feet even and weighed in at 199 ½ pounds at the camp. He repped 185 pounds 18 times on the bench press, his shuttle time was 4.43 and his vertical jump was 29 ½.

"Overall, I think the numbers are a pretty good reflection of me," he said. "The 40-time wasn't, I don't think, a very good reflection of me but the strength and vertical, I think, is a pretty good idea of my ability."

Keys transferred to Bellevue a year ago this past winter. He played with the varsity at Perkins on defense in his sophomore year before he settled in at running back for the Redmen last season. Perkins sent Brandon Schnittker to Ohio State.

"I started on defense as a sophomore over there, so I really didn't get a chance on offense to prove myself until I got over to Bellevue," he said. "I came over to Bellevue and I proved myself a little bit there and I got the starting job a little into the season and never looked back."

Despite not even playing in all of his team's games last season, Keys rushed for somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,200 yards and he scored 16 touchdowns.

"I didn't even start in all of the games," he said. "I didn't even play in all of the games. At the beginning of the season they really didn't know if I could handle the position."

Bellevue had an honorable mention All-Ohio player ahead of Keys at running back.

"They moved him to wide receiver in like week four and I got the job," he said. "I just kept it from there. I think I had a pretty good season overall for my junior year and hopefully I can come back and do a little more next year."

Keys played a little on defense again last season at corner and outside linebacker, but he's mainly known now for his offensive prowess.

"I'm a lot of power running the ball," he said. "I have the moves and the speed and everything, but I break a lot more tackles than juking a guy or something like that. I had probably more yards after the hit than I did without even being hit."

So he took his skills to the Nike camp to sort of gauge where he's at and also to let all the right people know that he's out there in Huron county now.

"I went there to get my name out there and learn a lot of different things and try to improve myself and my ability," Keys said. "Hopefully I can play some college ball and I can get some offers and go from there. But my dream has always been to play in the NFL and my dream hasn't left my mind yet."

He doesn't have any offers now but he hopes to correct that with a productive senior campaign.

"I would like to go Division I if possible," said Keys, who will try to help the Redmen get into the Division III playoffs this year. "I think I have the ability to play Division I football, but it's just the fact of them being able to see me and having enough faith in me to offer me something."

And Keys thought he aided his cause drastically by attending the Nike camp.

"Definitely I think I helped myself out a lot. They taught me some things down there that I would never have of learned if I didn't go down there," he said. "I've already used some of the stuff that they taught me running track this year already."

Keys mainly runs the 110 and 300 hurdles and he's on the 4X100 relay team at Bellevue. He qualified twice in the state on the 4X100, and he was second in both of the hurdle events last year.

"I take it pretty seriously," he said. "It's definitely something that gets me back into shape and I use it for that, but I like track just as much as football."

After track season, Keys will refocus on football and get ready for his senior campaign.

"My thoughts going into the summer is to get a lot stronger and build from there," he said. "I plan on going to the Senior Ohio State and I was thinking about going to the Michigan camp but I'm not too sure on that one. I'm more sure on the Ohio State on right now.

"I'm just going to work really hard in the off-season to make sure I'm doing the little things like the blocking and the hands and my agility and all the stuff like that so I can be ready for when the season comes up in August."

And he thinks he can be as good as he wants to be.

"I think the sky's the limit," Keys said. "If I keep pushing myself and my coaches keep pushing me, I think there's no stopping me."

Bellevue was 9-2 last year and lost to Kenton in the first round of the playoffs.

"We have all the skill positions coming back and a couple of linemen so we just need to fill a couple of more linemen positions and we're set," Keys said. "We scored the most points that any team scored on Kenton throughout the whole playoffs."

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