Kansas LB opens eyes at TCU camp

LaCrosse, Kansas linebacker Kip Keeley was one of the top performers at a recent TCU camp.

For respective college camps across the country it gives student-athletes a chance to impress coaches when in other circumstances they might not have the opportunity. With over 300 players in attendance at TCU's "skills" camp last Friday, making an impression could've been a tough task for anyone. But for Lacrosse, Kansas linebacker Kip Keeley, he did just that.

With notable linebackers such as Paul Whitmill, Edwin Freeman and Duke Riley in attendance, it was Keeley who continued to flourish in every drill. Although he didn't test as well as the aforementioned players, when it came to basic football drills the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder more than held his own.

Keeley is a do -it-all player for the Class 2-1A Leopards as a runningback, linebacker and punter. On offense Keeley totaled 1,054 yards and 11 scores while racking up 89 tackles, 1 sack and an impressive 7 interceptions on defense. For his efforts Keeley was named All-State.

Keeley's athleticism was on display Friday afternoon as he drew praise from head coach Gary Patterson and various assistant coaches at the TCU camp. The Kansas native had a good time at his second camp this summer.

"This is the second camp I've been to other than K-State (Kansas State) and this one there was probably 200 more people here, it was eye opening with the talent level," Keeley said. "It was a lot better, it was good to come out here and compete with the guys that have intentions of playing at the next level."

Whether it was against a tight end or runningback during one-on-one drills, Keeley displayed good cover skills (he ran a 4.33 shuttle) and good strength when it came time to press his opponents. His performance led to extra attention from the coaches.

"They were telling me that I have good feet for my size and that I have good knowledge of the game and I was putting out a lot of effort and standing out above everyone else," he said.

Keeley said he accomplished what he set out to do and that was landing on the Frogs' radar. He already has a close connection to TCU and hopes to keep building his relationship with the program in the future.

"Actually, Coach Patterson and my dad went to college together so that's the connection we have to TCU," he said. "We also came down to one of their games last year against SMU and really liked the facilities. I wanted to come down here and show them what I had."

Kansas State has shown the most interest out of any D-1 programs and Keeley says an offer could be coming from the Wildcats.

"They really like me too and they're going to continue talking to me in the fall," he said. "As long as I continue to improve the interest is going to go up."

Keeley has an offer from South Dakota among other D-2 schools at the moment. If he continues to play like he did on Friday, a D-1 offer could be around the corner.

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