Deacons offer second Florence OL

Wake Forest has their eye on both of the tackles at Florence (Ala.) High School. As reported by DeaconSports, the staff extended an offer to offensive line Cole Hardin. They didn't stop there. The coaches also offered Daniel Keith, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman who currently has five offers from FBS programs to his credit.

"I was offered with my buddy, Cole, on the same day," said Keith. "They phoned out coach them he handed it to me. First I spoke to a graduate assistant, Ryan McManus, then I spoke to the offelsive line coach. I really like Wake Forest's program and the direction they're going with it. It's in a great conference, the ACC, and has a strong academic reputation which is one of my most important factors in making a selection. I'm going to be heading up to [Winston-Salem] on Tuesday for a practice and to attend meetings with my family. Cole had a prior obligation but he's planning on going up soon for a visit.

"They told the they like my speed, agility, and relentlessness as a player, but they also like that I have the academics to back it up. It means something to me that they look for the players who are all-around student-athletes."

Memphis was the first to offer Keith, followed by Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, South Alabama, and now Wake Forest. He's planning a big spring break week of March 25-29 to check out as many college campuses as he can fit in.

"I'll be at Southern Miss on Saturday," Keith said. "Then go home for a day or two and head back out to Wake Forest. We may head to Memphis to check them out on that Thursday and hopefully be able to stop at MTSU. South Alabama has a Junior Day next Saturday. It's going to be a hectic week, but I look at it as a blessing to have the opportunity to do this."

Earlier in the year, Keith attended an Auburn Junior Day with his teammates, Cole Hardin and Quade Alexander. He's also made visits to Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

"I'm trying to focus on the right place for me with that 'at home' feeling you get," Keith said on the recruiting process. "I'm trying to see as many campuses and think about how it would be to playing there and going to college there for the next four to five years. It's just being able to picture myself there and being comfortable in the program. Of course, there's academics as I mentioned earlier. I like good facilities, but they're not the most important thing to me. It's the work you put in at the facilities, not really the facility itself. At this point I'm flexible and not in a big rush to make a commitment, those are just some things I'm focusing on during the process."

At Florence, Keith has started ever since his sophomore season. He played right tackle on the Falcons line as a junior and helped them advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs under first year head coach Jamey DuBose.

"I play right tackle," he said, " but I've played everywhere on down the line including snapping the ball. In my two years as a starer, I feel like I have developed a good understanding of the game, my position on the field and the schemes. My speed and my footwork are my biggest strengths and I feel like that's what's helped me with recruiting exposure. I'm also known for my nastiness in the trenches. In the off-season, I'm going to be working on adding size and strength before I go into my senior year."

Since he's been getting so much recruiting attention, Keith decided not to play basketball this year, but will continue with baseball. He plays first base at Florence. Both of Keith's parents attended the University of Alabama, but he claims no ties with the school other than that. His next camp will be in Birmingham on April 6th at an Under Armour event.


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