Being a state champion is one thing. Being a back-to-back state champion is another. Playing college ball – that is a whole different game. Dylan Keeney has the opportunity to be a repeat state champion prior to beginning his college career.
The 6-6 tight end from Granite Bay, California is keeping his eyes on the prize. "Winning the championship last year means a lot of expectations are on our shoulders now," Keeney told BuffPlayBook.com when asked about the impact winning a title will have on the upcoming season. "Our head coach retired too, so that really has a big impact on everything we do now."
Being on a winning team and having such a demanding frame, the 215 pound tight end has impressed a number of schools. Running a 4.64 40-yard dash, Keeney has collected nine offers to play collegiate football so far.
"So far I've got nine offers: CU, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Eastern Washington, UC Davis, San Jose State, Idaho, and Wyoming," Keeney listed. However, even with these nine offers, Keeney has only camped at the University of Colorado so far this summer. After camp wrapped up a couple weeks ago, new head coach Mike MacIntyre extended the offer to Keeney.
"It was really great. The tight ends coach (Coach Klayton Adams) has been the main person recruiting me so far, but coach MacIntyre was the one who gave me the offer," says Keeney.
When asked about the University of Colorado, Keeney seemed rather enthusiastic. "Like I said, I camped there a couple weeks ago. I really liked the area. I know the school itself is really good in academics. The scenery was beautiful and Boulder itself was just a great area to be in". While his interest in Boulder is high at the moment, he wants to keep his options open . "I loved the campus and facilities at CU, but I don't want to jump into it before I see all the other schools".
Keeney and the Granite Bay Grizzlies open their 2013-14 season on September 6th at home against Folsom.