February 14, 2011
Keenan is familiar with Tech
Argyle (Texas) offensive tackle Trey Keenan has begun to see his recruitment spread across the country after receiving attention from mostly Big 12 country. Texas Tech offered the 2012 prospect not long ago, and has since been on his trail as aggressively as anyone.
"I've been hearing from Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, and Oklahoma a lot lately. Baylor has been in there as well and they're probably the only other school recruiting me as hard as Tech," Keenan said. "My dad is from Michigan and I've started to hear from some schools in that part of the country too. Michigan State came down last week and we've started to hear from them a lot, same with Michigan and Notre Dame."
Keenan has been in contact with Red Raider assistant coaches Sonny Cumbie and Matt Moore. He's also been paid a visit by head coach Tommy Tuberville.
"I've been talking with Coach Cumbie, and just the other day I got to talk to Coach Moore. Those are the two I talk to the most. Coach Tuberville was actually out here a couple of weeks ago to watch us work out," he said. "Our relationship is really good. I talk with Coach Cumbie pretty much every week. He's always on Facebook and we talk a lot on there. Coach Moore writes me a lot, too. They've sent me a ton of handwritten letters. I probably talk to them once a week on the phone also. We're in frequent contact with one another for sure."
Though it may not materialize in the end, Keenan indicated that familiarity might have given Tech a slight edge coming into his recruitment.
"Tech was the program I always liked the most. My parents didn't go to big schools so I haven't really leaned in one direction or another, but I always played as Tech on all the video games and I've followed them pretty closely."
Although Keenan will more than likely be unable to make it to Tech's next junior day, he does already have a trip scheduled to the South Plains.
"I got invited to Nebraska's junior day this weekend, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get there. Tech invited me to their junior day too, but I don't think I can make it to that one," he said. "I am going to be in Lubbock for their spring game in a few weeks, though. I've already been to A&M and Baylor's junior days and those are the only one's I've been to so far."
The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder has a couple of priorities when looking for a potential college home. He did make it clear, though, that his preferences weren't requirements.
"At my school we run a spread, but with an attached tight end. We're 50-50, run to pass. I kind of like that type of balance just because you can catch defenders off guard more often," he said. "With what Tech's offense used to be, ninety-five percent pass and maybe three runs per game, it was crazy to see how much closer to being balanced Coach Tuberville has gotten them in his first season. It was clear to see this year, and you can tell by the players he's recruiting, that he's heading into that direction."
"As far as academics, I'd like to get into some type of game or ranch management. Tech has plenty of programs available that would get me headed in that direction, and most other schools around here do too. I don't have too many specifics really. I just want to be with a program that has a family feel to it, and I want a chance to get a degree in an area I want to work in after football."
Keenan is hoping to wrap up his recruitment during the summer, but nothing seems to be set in stone at this point.
"I want to get it out of the way before my season starts, but if something comes up to prevent that it won't be a huge deal. I don't have to have it done by then, but it's pretty much my goal to have my decision made before the fall."
In addition to Tech, Keenan holds offers from Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, and Kansas State. He's been shown interest by Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas among others.
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