A look ahead: Keegan Hlad

Salem (Ore.) West Salem wide receiver Keegan Hlad is looking to make a splash during his junior season.

An up and comer from the class of 2015, Keegan Hlad is looking to become one of the state of Oregon's top prospects.

A self-reported 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, the wide receiver is looking to take a step forward as a leader for West Salem High School this fall.

"I hope to have a big year this year," Hlad said. "That will come with being good in practice because that will show on the field. I've got to play and be a good teammate of course."

Hlad has been honing his skills this offseason at a couple of Northwest Elite Index combines as well as attending a camp a camp at the University of Oregon. He said he models his game off of one of the state's top receivers, Southridge star and Arizona verbal commit Jordan Morgan.

"I like how he plays his style of play when people press him," Hlad said. "I kind of model my style off of him."

Though he holds no offers, Hlad received some encouraging remarks from Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost during his time in Eugene.

"He definitely likes the style of my play," Hlad said. "He hopes I get faster and stay in touch with him and his staff.

Hlad explained that Frost wanted to re-evaluate him after his junior campaign.

"It was definitely exciting to hear those words come from him," Hlad said. "I couldn't believe that these dreams and these goals and hopes that I have could become a reality one day."

Hlad credited NEI with helping elevate his profile in Salem and in getting the word out on in-state talent.

"We've had some good talent come out of Salem," Hlad said. "With Northwest Elite Index, Jordan Johnson is doing a great thing down there in helping us get more noticed out of the northwest."

With fall fast approaching, Hlad is working on his frame and looking better for college coaches.

"I've definitely been working on getting stronger and faster," Hlad said. "It's a big deal for receivers and it sounds like that's what a lot of these coaches are looking for."

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