SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Class of 2014 wideout Coray Keel (Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett) stands out on a team loaded with receiving talent. And not just because the 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior is taller than his teammates, but because he can get vertical so quickly. Shiloh (Ga.) High School found that out the hard way last Friday when it came to town. Early in the second quarter, South Gwinnett quarterback Jordan Ramey found Keel on his way to the end zone without a defender anywhere close.
“It was blue-choice on our 40-yard line,” Keel said. “It was a roll out play. The corner tried to read the flats and I just ran right by him. The safety didn’t get off the hash quick enough so I just put the burners on him. The quarterback saw it and threw it in the endzone.”
That scene has played out before as Keel has scored four times this season despite having to share receptions with a number of seniors. His potential has netted an offer and a lot of attention.
“I have an offer from Troy that I got in the spring but I am also hearing from a lot of SEC schools,” Keel said. “A little from Alabama and Georgia. Also Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State. I’ve gotten mail from South Carolina and Kentucky, just little stuff from them so far. I spoke to one of the guys today from Georgia Tech. It wasn’t a long talk.”
Keel’s longer conversations have been with the Bulldogs’ wide receivers coach.
“I talk to Coach [Tony] Ball a lot,” Keel said. “I went to the Dawg Night camp and I did a little something for them. They told me to keep working hard and that I have a lot of potential and that they are going to keep their eye on me throughout the season.”
Keel also was invited to another top camp.
“I went to Alabama’s camp,” Keel said. “Really, Alabama contacted me. Well they didn’t contact me but they contacted one of my coaches and they said they wanted me to come to a camp. When I went to the Alabama camp I can say I competed but there was a lot of good talent there. I have a good connection with Coach [Russ] Calloway. I love Coach Calloway at Alabama. We talk a lot through email -- keeping up on Alabama and keeping up with me here at South Gwinnett.”
One thing that Keel doesn’t do is keep up with personal stats. He has no idea how many catches he has or how many receiving yards he has totaled. He only remembers his 40-yard dash time because it annoyed him.
“The last 40-yard dash time I took was at Georgia,” Keel said. “I had a 4.5 flat. I stumbled because I tried to run it like I run the 100 meters in track -- with a little lean -- but I wound up ripping myself over the last three or four yards.”
On Friday he did not stumble and was there in the end zone, all by himself, burners cooling down.
“That was a good feeling,” Keel said.