All eyes have been on the on-court action over the past two weeks in Gainesville as Florida football kicked off the Billy Napier era with a bang before ending with a whimper in Week 2. But Off the pitch, there’s still plenty going on, including a handful of behind-the-scenes action on the recruiting front.
While the grill gang performs its grueling schedule, the coaching staff burns its candles at both ends, tending to both current and future student-athletes. Among the many who have visited Gainesville in recent weeks is Tampa (Florida) Berkeley Prep five-star defenseman Keon Keeley, a former contract to the Notre Dame Irish who recently re-opened to draft.
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The 6-foot-6, 242-pound defenseman spent the entire weekend on campus for an unofficial visit, witnessing the loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday while immersing himself deep in what the University of Florida has to offer him – both on and off the pitch – during the rest of his stay.
“It went really well just being able to see the match day environment,” he told reporters on Monday. “Seeing the match day environment, meeting the staff again and just seeing how they operate, it went really well.”
It’s a good atmosphere, good academics, and they have good coaches and a very nice campus. It’s Florida.
When asked about the vision presented to him for Florida’s future, he offered the following.
“Coach Napier was saying Florida was building something special. It was really good to meet him and see his thoughts on everything. He says Florida has everything you could want and they’re building something special. .”
So far, the in-state target has used two of his official visits with the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame, respectively. He has a third scheduled with the Alabama Crimson Tide for their game weekend against the Texas A&M Aggies, but two are still left. The Gators are fighting to get him back for the LSU Tigers game weekend, but he remains mum.
“I didn’t put any others,” the top-notch defender told Swamp247. “It’s a possibility but I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to warn you sooner or later.”
Keeley is ranked No. 7 overall and No. 1 at his position nationally according to the 247Sports composite, while the On3 consensus has him at numbers. 11 and 1, respectively. He now holds six crystal ball projections from 247Sports, five of them for Alabama – including a reverse projection – and one remaining with Notre Dame, while On3’s recruiting prediction machine has heavily favored him. towards the tide at 71.2% but also has the Gators second at 22.5%.
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