Schools Keying in on Passer Kehoe

The Cheshire (Conn.) Academy 2015 quarterback is hitting a pair of Junior Days this weekend. Where will be be?

It will be a busy weekend for Patrick Kehoe, but so it goes when the calendar turns to February for a coveted junior prospect.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound Cheshire (Conn.) Academy Class of 2015 quarterback will visit Penn State Saturday and Boston College Sunday, the start of a winter cycle that he hopes results in his first offer.

"When I get on campus, I want to get the right feel and I want to like the kids that are there, the potential future teammates, and the coaching staff," Kehoe said. "I don't have a geographical preference.

"I kind of want … not a huge school, but not a small school. And I want to pursue business management or athletic training, so I want to check out the academic stuff, too."

Kehoe first heard from Penn State when its defensive line coach, Sean Spencer, made a swing through Connecticut two weeks ago. The conversation furthered when Kehoe spoke with Lions' quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne, and a visit was set up when he spoke to the staff on Signing Day.

"I love Coach Spencer and Coach Rahne," Kehoe said. "I loved Coach Spencer's energy and the kind of person he is. He seemed like an intense guy, and that got me fired up to go to Penn State for junior day.

"Coach Rahne sounds like a great guy, and a guy that knows a lot about the position and the stuff he wants me to improve on. I'm excited to meet him."

Kehoe was one of a few prospects the Penn State staff spoke with last Wednesday, and he added that it left an impression, and meant a lot, that they would want him to call in on that day.

He's visited Penn State before, last summer for a camp, and has kept in contact with current Lions' safety Malik Golden, a Cheshire alum.

"[Golden] has been talking about the new staff, and I really want to get a feel for the new guys," Kehoe said. "I had been in contact with the old staff and know what they were about, so I want to get to meet [Penn State head coach] James Franklin, Coach Rahne, and hopefully go to camp there this summer."

Rutgers, Tennessee, Miami and Connecticut also stopped at the school during the January contact period, and the gunslinger is keeping an eye on all of them even if he hasn't set any additional visits besides this weeks trips.

"[Rutgers running back coach Norries] Wilson has been in contact since my sophomore year, and he's a great guy, with a great sense of humor, and not afraid to say what is on his mind," Kehoe said. "He said they're interested in getting me down for the spring and then for a skills camp in early June.

"I've been to the area and like the area in New Jersey. I have a good feel for Coach Wilson, and I feel like rest of staff would be like that."

At Tennessee, quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian is doing the Orange's bidding, and received a call from the quarterback last Wednesday, as well. Kehoe has yet to visit the program's Knoxville campus, but Bajakian told him that he sees him as a player who could play in the SEC, and the two plan to keep in contact weekly.

The quarterback will be joined by twin brother and 6-foot-6 tight end M.J on both visits, but where Patrick ends up will not depend on where his brother goes or a coach's promise. Instead, he will focus on academics and fit, and the junior has a rather specific offensive scheme in mind.

"I'm definitely more of a pro-style kid," he said. "I could run a spread, but the majority of my duty was dropping back.

"In nine games (last season), I threw for 3,294 yards and 39 touchdowns. We run read option, and I don't pull it that much. I'm working on speed trying to get more explosive."


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