The Keyes to Success

Dennis Keyes is a great athlete who can play running back, wide receiver and defensive back -- and UCLA is recruiting him hard. He has a childhood favorite...

Running back Dennis Keyes 6-2, 180, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham is an exceptional all-around athlete. The school he chooses will have to decide whether to play him as a running back, wide receiver or safety.

While he is receiving plenty of attention from his childhood favorite USC, there are many schools trying to get his attention. "Lately I'm hearing from basically the entire Pac-10, especially UCLA and USC, Boston College, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas," Keyes said.

"I would have to say that UCLA and ASU are recruiting me the hardest right now. My top schools are USC, UCLA, Washington and ASU." Even though USC is his longtime favorite, the fact that the Bruins are attempting to sway him to Westwood Keyes said with a chuckle "is definitely a good thing."

Keyes is still waiting for his first offer. Coaches have been by to see him working out and running the hurdles. As far as staying local he said, "Yeah, that would be good for me. I wouldn't mind going to the east coast either, but I would prefer to stay close." His parents really have no ties to any of the schools he is most interested in and will support him in his final decision.

Keyes missed the Los Angeles Nike Camp because he had a track meet that day. Keyes runs in the 110 hurdles (14.4 personal best) and the 4x100 (41.5) relay team. When it comes to summer camps, he said, "I'm going to try and get to the UCLA one-day camp. I missed the USC one."

As a junior he finished with approximately 1,350 yards 19 TDs on offense, and 80 tackles as the starting free safety. Keyes would prefer to play offense.

He scored a 920 on his first SAT attempt and intends to take the exam again. He carries a 3.3 GPA.

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