Bills "Shocked" by Pac-12 Offer

2016 OT Keaton Bills Received A "Shocking" New Offer This Week

One of Utah's more "under-the-radar" prospects is 2016 Corner Canyon offensive tackle Keaton Bills. Only a junior, Bills plays opposite of fellow teammate and 2015 3-star offensive tackle Branden Bowen. Bowen exploded onto the scene after the 2013 season thanks in part to his 6'7" frame and tremendous athletic ability. But Bills is out to prove that he's just as good as Bowen. In fact, he may end up being better.

At 6'5" 250 lbs Bills has the body to play tackle at the college level and possesses certain abilities that just can't be taught. He has good footwork, a natural kick-step, and long arms, all of which are ingredients in the recipe for a successful offensive lineman.

Bills received his first offer from Utah State and followed that up with a BYU offer shortly afterwards. However, the offer from the last major in-state FBS program came as the biggest surprise when Utah extended an offer on Tuesday night.

"I'm not going to lie, it was a complete shocker. It for sure caught me off guard. I haven't talked to Utah very much. In fact, I don't think I've talked to them at all. Then all of a sudden I got offered by Coach Tuiaki."

Even though the offer came as a surprise and he hasn't had much contact with the Ute staff, that doesn't mean that he's not intrigued by the opportunity.

"I would say I'm pretty interested [in Utah]. I mean, I take all my offers very seriously, but as of right now I'm trying to concentrate on the current football season since I'm an underclassman."

With offers in hand from all the in-state schools, Bills has a good idea as far as what he's looking for in a potential college.

"Education is a big deal for me. That's what I'm looking for in a school and football is just the bonus. As of right now, I want to do something in the medical field once I'm in college. After that, then it goes location, whether it's close to my family and if it's a good place to start a family, and then the overall football program is up there as well."

Though location is important to Bills, it doesn't necessarily mean he's looking to stay in Utah as he also has family in California.

"It would be nice to stay here [in Utah], but I also have my mom and the rest of my family in California, so somewhere down there would be nice as well."

The last name Bills may sound pretty familiar to those that pay attention to other in-state programs. Keaton has had numerous family members attend and play football at BYU including the current starting safety for the Cougars, Craig Bills.

"I wouldn't say one school stands out right now, but the BYU offer was a big one for me since I've had a lot of family go there. But now I got the Utah offer and that's a pretty big deal as well."

Because of the family connection to BYU many assume Bills is destined to be a Cougar. Bills himself doesn't necessarily see it that way. "It doesn't make me want to go there any more or any less, it's just another fact about them" he said.

One thing that may favor the Utes over the current competition is their Pac-12 membership, which Bills says "is a pretty big deal to me."

Being only a junior Bills plans on taking his time with his recruitment and is squarely focused on his current season at Corner Canyon. He believes it could be a big year for them.

"I feel like we are a very blessed team. We have been playing together since my freshman year. Some of us have been together since little-league so we all work together really well. We're just a unified team of hard work. We're going to have a fantastic season if we keep working as hard as we have been."

Bills also has some personal goals for himself, which includes getting bigger.

"I know if I work hard and stay focused I will get up to [my target weight of] 280 pounds before my senior year."

Corner Canyon beat Juan Diego 41-7 last week. They take on Springville this Friday.

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