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Keeler reflects on UM, MSU, ILL visits

2/28/2012

Barrington (Ill.) offensive tackle Jack Keeler was busy this past weekend as he made three visits to campuses in just two days.

Keeler began his trip by visiting Michigan on Saturday morning and received a tour from Wolverines coaches Jeff Hecklinski and Darrell Funk.

“They seem like great guys. I would love to have them be my coaches,” Keeler said. “Coach Funk, I see a lot of my coach in him. I could see myself there.”

However, the Wolverines have picked up five commitments along the offensive line recently, and it remains to be seen if Michigan will take any more players at the position.

“They said even though they are full with five [commitments], they wanted to make sure I keep in touch in case something happens.”

From Ann Arbor, Keeler traveled to East Lansing, Mich., to check out Michigan State for its junior day. The Spartans visit was disappointing, Keeler admits, because of the large number of recruits attending.

“There were too many people there,” he said. “I couldn’t really talk to the coaches that much. I did talk to coach [Mark] Staten a little bit but not as much as I wanted to.”

Staten invited Keeler to come back to visit during spring practice, and at that time the two can talk further.

Keeler ended his weekend by checking out Illinois for its junior day. He enjoyed the visit and his talk with offensive line coach Luke Butkus.

“He likes that I play low. He was saying he wants me up for spring practice,” Keeler said. “Coach Butkus wanted to bring me to see coach [Tim] Beckman, but he was too busy.”

Keeler’s next visit will come when he checks out Nebraska in two weeks.