Kingsley offered by Red River rivals

Three-star defensive lineman Kingsley Keke (Richmond, Texas/George Ranch) had himself a day, and not just because he woke up and realized his name is Kingsley Keke.

No, it's because the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country started his day off by receiving an Oklahoma offer and ended it with a call from Texas head coach Charlie Strong, who gave him a Longhorns offer.

"It's been crazy," he said. "I feel extremely blessed about it. I'm really thankful about it. It's been crazy. It's like wow."

The day started with Keke getting in touch with Sooners assistant defensive coordinator Tim Kish and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, who were happy to give him an offer.

"It's big time football over there," Keke said. "I spoke to Coach Kish. He text my head coach and I gave him a call. Spoke to defensive line Coach Montgomery."

Then shortly before 8:30 p.m. C.T., Keke contacted Strong and picked up the second offer from the Red River Rivalry foes.

"It was great. He is really, really cool," Keke said of Strong. "He is a great coach. He has a little bit of swagger to him and is real energetic. He was just saying how he wants me there and that I could help this team get rolling."

Keke said both schools are recruiting him as a defensive tackle even though, at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he's played defensive end too.

He said he didn't have a top five right now but that both Texas and OU would be in it if he did.

Asked what it was about him that warranted this type of day, he said, "I would say it's my athleticism for my size. I play defensive end at 275. I play defensive tackle and three-technique too. I have good explosiveness and keep getting better and stronger."

Keke said he would likely commit after spring ball, which begins on April 28, "so I won't have to worry about it my senior year."

In addition to the Red River Rivals, Keke also has offers from Baylor, Florida, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, TCU, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

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