Making the Rounds

One of the best young receivers in Illinois, Keith Sconiers continues to climb the charts. Possessing stout athleticism, Sconiers is all-purpose receiver that can make plays with the ball in his hands, characteristics that have a lot of schools, like Wisconsin, wanting to take a closer look.

The Badgers landed a top flight wide receiver from the Land of Lincoln for the class of 2009 and they are in search of more in 2010.

Keith Sconiers (Richards HS) has the size and speed to flourish in college football. Last season, he caught 31 passes for 656 yards and 7 touchdowns. However, he isn't just a receiving threat, as the junior returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, a big reason he was named an All-Conference member.

Last season's performance and his physical attributes (6-foot 2 and 175 pounds) are starting to draw major interest from around the country. Sconiers said that, "Mostly Big Ten schools like Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and a couple other schools like Nebraska and Arizona have been showing interest."

So far this year he has picked up four offers, "Minnesota, Arizona, and I just got Indiana and Eastern Michigan today."

There is one school that has gotten his attention the most with the amount of interest they have been giving him. "Illinois," Sconiers said. "I just like the campus and it is just a cool place to be around. The coaching staff seems like they are real cool."

Wisconsin has also been in contact with the talented WR from Oak Lawn, IL. "I speak a lot with Coach Randall McCray," Sconiers said. "He came up to school the other day. I didn't get a chance to see him, because I was sick on Monday, but I talk to him a lot. He is a real cool coach."

Even though Wisconsin is yet to offer, Sconiers decided to take a visit to the Badger State. "I was up to Wisconsin over my spring break (early May) and got to talk with all the coaches," Sconiers said. "It was a pretty nice campus. I like the facilities and everything. It was just real big. I liked the locker rooms and the weight rooms. It was one of the first schools that I saw that had the hot tubs and the cold tubs in the locker rooms."

Sconiers also found other aspects of the visit memorable. "I got to see the indoor facilities, the indoor practice field, and we got to see the regular stadium and we got to see them practice," Sconiers explained. "It was a good experience because I really haven't seen a lot of college practices. Everyone is so much bigger and faster than the high school game. So I liked it."

Even though he just visited Wisconsin, Madison may be in the plans for his summer as well. "I think I'm gonna go back to Wisconsin and a couple schools in the area that I want to visit. Minnesota again and then Arizona," Sconiers said. "I liked the Minnesota (visit). I got to go down to the campus and got to speak with the coaching staff and got to watch them practice, too."

While facilities are impressive and important for the development of a player, Sconiers has more in mind for the school he will attend. "I want to be able to go to a place where I get along with the people," he said. "A place where I can get to play soon or be able to play minutes. A place where I can get a good education and a good job to fall back on if I don't make it to the pros."

Sconiers has specific criteria for his school choice, but he isn't sure about when he will decide. "By this coming football season, before or after it starts."

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