Key sees recruiting pick up

Mt. San Antonio College had a great season in 2007 finishing second in the state of California JC rankings after losing to National Champion CCSF this past weekend. One of Mt. SAC's top playmakers this past season was a player who arrived late to campus -- WR Aiona Key (6-4, 200) -- and he's just now starting to get the attention of some D-1 programs.

"I had a good year, but it was frustrating losing that last game," Key told "They were a good team, but I thought we could beat them. We both have talent and it was a really competitive game and we just didn't make the plays we needed to when we had the chance to make them."

Key originally signed with Boise State out of high school and redshirted in 2005. In 2006, he was on the sidelines as the Broncos beat the Oklahoma Sooners in one of the most entertaining bowl games ever and he thought he was set up to be a big playmaker for the program as a sophomore, but things didn't exactly work out that way.

"Over the summer, I was ineligible for like 10 days," Key said. "I had a problem with a class and I was ineligible and the coaches basically made a decision to not keep me there.

"I was pretty frustrated and bitter about it, but the coaches there had to do what they thought was right for the program.

"Maybe it was what was best for me because it taught me a lesson, but I will admit I was pretty upset about it."

Mt. San Antonio was the only JC program that Key knew about and he said he's glad he ended up with the Mounties.

"I had a coach who knew a coach down here at Mt. SAC and so I called him up and asked if they would take me," Key said. "I arrived the week before the first game so it was kinda hectic, but it all worked out okay and I've had a lot of fun here and I got the enjoyment back for playing football.

"I've also made a lot of friends here and they are guys I will stay in touch with in the future."

For the season, Key ended up with 53 catches for 757 yards and 12 touchdowns and his peformance has gotten him some attention from a few D-1 schools.

"Actually, it's been a bit surprising more schools haven't called," Key said. "I have a visit to Utah scheduled this weekend (December 13th) and they've offered me.

"Utah State and Akron are two other schools who've offered and they are wanting me to come out and visit in January, but I just need to make some plans with them."

Because Key registered for classes at Mt. SAC so late, he wasn't able to get into the classes he needed to finish his degree in December, so he will have to wait until May to leave.

Wherever he ends up he'll have two years to play two when he arrives on campus.

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