RECRUITING: Keith ready to be a Sooner

NEO offensive lineman Brandon Keith talks about how his game has improved at Junior College.


JH: How is your season going?

BK: "I am trying to do well. It is going pretty good. Our season is going pretty rough right now. We lost two games that were pitiful. Other than that, everything is going along alright. We are still young."

JH: What position are you playing?

BK: "I am playing right tackle. I am doing real well. One of the biggest things I had to work on was my pass set. Where I came from we were an option team, so I had to really work on my pass blocking. I have not given up a sack yet, so I am pretty happy with how things are going."

JH: Are you still committed to OU?

BK: "Yes, I am."

JH: What position do you hope to play at OU?

BK: "To be honest I will play anywhere, but I would rather play anything on the right side. If I have to play left guard or tackle I will do that, but I would prefer to play on the right side."

JH: You have been committed to OU for a long time and you have never broken from that commitment. What is it about OU that you like so much?

BK: "I just grew up an Oklahoma fan. I grew hearing about OU, OU and OU. It is one of the best football programs in the country, and you can't beat that. I have been watching OU football since I was five years old. I grew up in McAlester and watched J.C. Watts, who grew up in Eufaula and that is just 20 minutes up the road."

JH: I heard you have done some pretty impressive things in the off-season. Can you give us some numbers?

BK: "I bench pressed 440 pounds and I ran a 4.9 forty. I also put up 675 on the squat."

JH: How has your incredibly athletic ability helped you on the offensive line?

BK: "It has helped me out a lot because I am pretty quick for my size and I am pretty strong. I never get tested in the run game, but in the pass game people try to get by me, but my athletic ability has helped me hold my area. My coach has helped me a lot with certain technique, even if it is just hand placement and stuff."

JH: When will you graduate and when will you try to get to Norman?

BK: "It is going to be in May. I will be graduating here at NEO in May and then I will be heading down there."

JH: I guess you know that OU is graduating three players in their starting offensive line?

BK: "Yes, because I have worked out with most of those guys. I have worked out with Akim Millington, and they always telling me that they are going to show me what is up. All that stuff is in a lot of fun. They have always treated me like I am already part of the team and that has meant a lot to me. I am not going to go up there and have the big head or anything. I am just going to go there and be just like them."

JH: What do you think about the fact that you are going to have a great quarterback to block for next year no matter who he is and a great running back in Adrian Peterson to block for?

BK: "I am happy about that. I am blocking for the No. 1 running back in junior college in Charles Elix (780 yards). Arizona State, TCU and Oklahoma State are schools he is looking at. Then when I get to OU I get to still block for the No. 1 running back in the country. And that is pretty special for me."

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