Recruiting: Keller Happy To Be On OSU's Radar

Jake Keller is a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle for Tulsa (Union), Okla., that made his first start as a varsity lineman last week in the Redskins win over Broken Arrow. Making his first start as a senior could signal that maybe Keller is an average player but he is anything but average. The talented Keller missed his entire junior season with a knee injury that required surgery.

"It was my first time to start last week against Broken Arrow in front of about 12,000 to 13,000 fans and I was shell shocked," said Keller. "It blew me away to play in front of that many people, but I think it will help for preparation this week."

Oh yeah, this week as Union gets ready to take on neighboring rival Jenks in that annual battle that generally comes close to if not selling out Chapman Stadium on the University of Tulsa campus.

Keller reports that he is hearing from Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Utah State and smaller schools like Central Oklahoma and Central Arkansas. He has had some recs passed around out there and he has good blood lines as his father played collegiately at Missouri.

Keller has a 5.51 in the forty with a 320-pound bench press and a 475-pound squat. He has a 3.2 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT, so he is a qualifier. Last weekend he got a taste of recruiting as he made an unofficial visit to Stillwater for the OSU-Georgia game.

"It was great," said Keller. "I've never felt so close to a community that I'd never been in much before. I was not even in OSU gear and people were saying hello. They were so friendly and you can tell the town is really close knit.

"The facilities were NFL-type stuff," continued Keller. "Anything you could dream about, that was it. The weight room, the locker room, they took us up to the dining area upstairs. It was just a dream."

Keller said he was impressed that head coach Mike Gundy came in and spoke to the group before the game. He was also excited about getting to go down on the field and watch the warm-ups.

Back to reality, Keller said that Union had its hardest practice of the year Tuesday as the Redskins get prepared for the Jenks game on Friday. He is also planning on going to the OSU-Houston game on Saturday, but the focus is on getting ready for Jenks right now.

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