March 3, 2012

Keeler talks CMU offer

At 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, Barrington (Ill.) offensive tackle Jack Keeler has a frame that most college coaches love in an offensive tackle. Maybe that is why he has already picked up nine offers with 11 months left until Signing Day.

Keeler has been offered by schools in the Big East (West Virginia) Big Ten (Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska), the MAC (Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan) and the Mountain West (Wyoming). He has also been shown interest by Michigan, Michigan State, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin. CMU offered him on February 21.

"I first talked to them a few months ago when they came out and watched me work out," said Keeler. "I have been talking to Coach Nystrom and two days ago, he offered me."

The Barrington native does not have a leader right now, but he is looking for a program and a school that has a strong academic base and provides a sense of family.

"I have no preference right now. I kind of want to stay in the Midwest, but I really have no preference right now."

Keeler has already visited Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. He took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin's Junior Day a couple weeks ago and went to Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Champaign last weekend. As far as future visits or camps, he plans on heading to Wisconsin's camp in June.

Last season, Barrington went 7-2 in the regular season before losing in the first round to Glenbard North, 27-21. The Broncos featured a strong offensive line, led by Keeler, Mason Dorrow and 2012 Wisconsin signee Dan Voltz

"The linemen for our team really lead our team. We're hard workers, so we're going to push everybody around us to do their best."

Keeler has set his goals high for next fall and wants to finish his high school career on a high note.

"We have great leadership and I want to send a good message starting in summer camp that we're not here just to play around. I want to win some games and I want to make a playoff run.

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