Keke Talks Texas Tech Offer, Recruiting Rush

6-foot-4, 288-pound Richmond George Ranch defensive lineman Kingsley Keke has seen his recruitment take off recently with several FBS offers, including one from Texas Tech earlier this week. RaiderPower.com caught up with him to see what he thinks of all the attention and what he thinks of the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech offered Richmond George Ranch
junior defensive lineman Kingsley Keke earlier this week but had been recruiting him for awhile, headed by assistant coach Kevin Curtis.

"Tech has been recruiting me very hard," Keke said. "At first they wanted me at O-line and I didn't have a problem with that, but my head coach told me they offered me at D-line and I was like 'oh, OK'. I talked to coach Curtis after they offered me and he said he was watching my old tape from my sophomore year and then he saw my junior tape-how much more explosive and better of a player I was."

The 6-foot-4, 288 pounder holds offers from Texas Tech, Florida, Louisiana Tech, TCU and Tulsa. He said the Florida offer surprised him because he hadn't really heard much from them prior to the offer. Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are among others who are recruiting Keke.

"It feels good honestly, I'm just trying to focus on which school is the best for me," Keke said. "All of these colleges are coming in and I just have to talk with my family about it and see what they think about what these schools are offering me."

Keke visited TCU and Baylor for their junior days and said TCU stands out so far. He plans on making trips to several schools this spring, including Tech, but has not nailed down a specific date yet. He said he is definitely listening to what Curtis, who has visited Keke at school several times, and Tech has to say.

"For most of the coaching staff, this has been their first year, like coach Kingsbury, I know he was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M," Keke said. "He came to Texas Tech and had a great year. Their offense is pretty nice and the defense is pretty good too. I think they offered me because they think I can help."

The reason everyone is so high on Keke is simple; his combination of size, speed (4.8-forty) athleticism makes his ceiling is hard to quantify, but it's very high.



Keke looks like a perfect fit at defensive tackle in Texas Tech's 3-4 scheme. He could also move inside and play nose on passing downs and other situations.

"He's a bigger defensive end, that new age style, that can probably slide around and play all over the defensive front," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers said. "As tall as he is he could be that strong side defensive end in a 3-4 and play like a defensive tackle against the run. So, he can take care of his responsibilities in all areas. He's another guy who I think will benefit as he gets stronger and more mature."

Though Keke said he wouldn't mind playing on either side of the ball in college all his offers have come for defense and he sure sounds like a defensive-minded player hungry to continue his development.

"What I want to do is make the guy across from me panic, bad, so I just make the move and am confident in any move I do," Keke said. "I'm looking to get more explosive, I mean I have a good bull rush, but I have to do more things than that at the next level and I have been working on it after school; rip moves, spins, quick hands-a lot of reps."

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