RECRUITING: Rose Bowl win impressed top Florida LB

Lake Mary, Fla. linebacker Keith Rivers talks about his favorites and his interest in Oklahoma


Rivers goes into his senior year as one of those athletic linebackers that college recruiters look at as a difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball. Rivers seems to be a prototype middle linebacker, but he has the athletic ability to play weakside as well.

"I like the middle as far as high school football, but I don't know about the college game just because of the size," said Rivers. "The USC coaches like me on the outside because of my speed, but to be honest, I would play either one."

Rivers finished with 160 tackles, 105 solo stops, 11 tackles for losses, three sacks and one interception. That season was better than his sophomore season when he finished with an amazing 140 tackles on the year.

Rivers can bench 345 pounds, squats 450 and he has a 34-vertical jump. Rivers recently went to the NIKE camp at the University of Miami and was outstanding.

"I earned MVP honors there and I thought I performed pretty well," said Rivers. "I think I did the tackling drills pretty good and I had a pretty good forty time (4.56 on grass)."

Rivers had already earned 25 offers from across the country and he has been very busy with recruiting as of late.

"For the most part I have been pretty busy because recently it has been at least three calls a night from college coaches," said Rivers. "I like Southern California, Miami, Florida, Georgia and the fifth one is pretty much a toss-up right now.

"Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Michigan are battling for that fifth spot. I like Oklahoma a lot, but early I really wasn't thinking about them a whole lot and then I saw them play in the Rose Bowl. OU gets after it on defense and they dominated the Rose Bowl on defense. OU has offered and they were at the school today. I think they may have called, but I wasn't home so I didn't get a chance to talk to them. I am sure I will in a couple of days."

Rivers participates on the Powerlifting Team at Lake Mary and he has posted 640 total in the bench press and power clean.

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