By Andrew Gorringe
Keaton Bills was another Ute commit who had a very quiet recruitment, as he did not grant many interviews and also stays off of social media. Because of this, Bills was/is largely overlooked when considering the top recruits in the state of Utah for the 2016 recruiting class. Bills pulled in offers from Utah, Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Utah State, Arizona State, Washington State and Wisconsin. Bill was heavily wanted by many schools, but the relationship he built with coach Morgan Scalley ended up being a big factor in his decision, despite a late push from BYU and their new coaching staff.
Bills is one of the most physically impressive recruits for the Utes in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Bills is 6’5-275lbs, and has the frame to easily pack on another 30 pounds. Bills looks like he’s already spent time working out in a college football program, so he’ll have no issue adjusting to that aspect of a college football career. At Corner Canyon High School, Bills played on both sides of the ball, playing left tackle and defensive tackle. In fact, as a junior Bills was put at left tackle on offense over 2015 Ohio State signee Branden Bowen, which speaks to his abilities as a player. Bills can quite frankly do it all at both positions. He’s athletic enough to keep up with faster defensive ends on offense, and also has great quickness off the line on defense. He also has the brute strength to overpower players on both sides of the ball. Bills is frankly one of the most well rounded signees in 2016 in for Utah.
Even though Bills has the skill and physical make up to contribute early as a player, Ute fans will have to wait to see him in action, as Bills will be serving a two year LDS mission prior to enrolling at Utah. When he does return, the early consensus is that he’ll end up on the defensive side of the ball, though there’s no guarantees with that. If it is defense, he’ll likely bulk up and play defensive tackle. If it ends up being offense, he has the size and skills to be a dominant right tackle.