AZ Linebacker Likes the Pac-10

Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's linebacker Keaton Kristick has five scholarship offers and a couple that haven't offered, including UCLA, on his favorites list.

One of the top defensive players in Arizona this coming fall will be Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's linebacker Keaton Kristick (6-3, 223). The outside backer has five scholarship offers, with two more possibly on the horizon.

"I've been offered by Oregon State, Colorado State, UTEP, Northwestern and California so far," said Kristick. "Utah and Wyoming should be coming soon."

Two schools that haven't offered Kristick yet, but are in his top five are Colorado and UCLA.

"Coach (Dino) Babers, is recruiting me. Neither Colorado or UCLA have offered yet, but I'm hearing from them a lot," said Kristick.

While he said his top five were all pretty even, Oregon State and Northwestern are two schools that have been consistent in their recruitment of him."

"Those are two schools I've heard from a lot, and I've liked them both for a while," said Kristick.

Other schools express interesting in Kristick include San Diego State and Oregon.

This summer, Kristick plans to attend camps at Oregon State and Colorado. He was at the Scout Combine in Los Angeles in May, where he was one of the better looking linebackers there.

He ran a 4.78 forty, a 4.43 shuttle and jumped 31.5 while broad jumping 118.

"It was a good experience for me, especially being from Arizona and there being a lot of guys from California," Kristick said.

At the Nike Camp at Stanford he did 26 reps on the bench and ran a 4.39 shuttle.

Kristick said he wouldn't mind deciding early. "I'm thinking of committing early. I'm looking for the correct fit. I don't think I'll take all my visits, I'll just take as many as I need," said Kristick.

During his junior year, Kristick had 117 tackles, 27 for loss, six sacks, and one forced fumble.

Academically, Kristick has a 3.7 GPA and took the ACT earlier this month.


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