Crystal Lake South offensive tackle Trevor Keegan has planned a special birthday gift for his mother, Amanda, on Aug. 28.
Keegan, perhaps the most highly sought college football player in McHenry County history, sifted through the 26 NCAA Division I scholarship offers and narrowed his list to six schools, which he announced Sunday on Twitter.
Keegan, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound senior this fall, wanted to announce his college choice out of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State on his mother’s birthday, four days after the Gators’ opener against Cary-Grove.
The recruitment game might mess with those plans. Keegan will keep a close eye on what his six finalists are doing in terms of offensive linemen this summer. If enough linemen commit to Keegan’s schools, he may have to push up his timeline.
“Seniors are starting to commit earlier these days, and if spots start filling up, I may have to commit earlier then,” he said. “Michigan only has one spot left. A couple other schools are in the same boat.”
Fortunately for Keegan, he has a lot of quality to choose from.
Keegan had offers from all four College Football Playoff semifinalists – only Oklahoma did not make the final cut. Alabama won NCAA titles two of the past three seasons, Clemson won the other title and had a runner-up finish, Georgia lost this year’s title game to ‘Bama.
Keegan, a four-star recruit, was the first freshman at South to play varsity football. He quickly gained attention with D-I coaches and received his first offer from Northwestern in the summer before his sophomore season.
The offers have come fast since then. Keegan hopes the recruitment process will be less hectic now that he has pared his list to six.
“I feel like it will be a lot easier on me, just focusing on six schools instead of 26 or however many,” Keegan said. “I feel like these were the best coaches I could connect with while we were texting. They were person-to-person. Some schools had a simulator (text), that was pretty obvious. These schools actually had a conversation, not that others didn’t, but they were just more true.”
Keegan’s latest offer came last weekend while he was visiting Clemson. Neither Clemson nor Georgia has an offensive lineman committed for 2018 yet.
“It came down to family atmosphere, the university as it is, and the success of the football team,” Keegan said about his final schools. “And how the coaches interact with the players. That was the main thing for me. I want to go out and win but have fun doing it at the same time.”
Keegan plans on making one-day visits to Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State in one trip this summer, then also make a southern trip to visit Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.