The Next Great Defensive Lineman for the West Virginia Mountaineers

According to Ryan Keeler’s social media, “He will not be outworked.”  Keeler, the 6’5 240 pound defensive lineman out of Chicago Illinois, is a 3 star prospect, but recruiting analysts can’t measure heart and that’s exactly what Ryan Keeler has in abundance.

Keeler currently has over 30 scholarship offers from some of the biggest names in college football – including Michigan, Kansas State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Arizona, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin, and, of course, West Virginia University.

Even with all of these offers on the table, Keeler has West Virginia at the top of his list and seems to be closing in on a commitment to the Mountaineers.  Recent West Virginia commit Hammond Russell posted a message to Keeler on social media, saying, “Come on home, Ryan Keeler.”  Keeler’s response: “Might be the move” with a gold and blue heart.

Keeler, the #1 rated defensive lineman in the state of Illinois in the 2021 class, would make a perfect fit on West Virginia’s defensive line.  Although the Mountaineers are currently loaded with talent on the defensive line, including Darius Stills, Dante Stills, Jeffrey Pooler, Taijh Alston, Jordan Jefferson, Quay Mays, Sean Martin, etc., they will lose Darius Stills and Jeffrey Pooler to graduation next season.  Keeler could slide in next to young talent Jordan Jefferson, Hammond Russell and others to form another formidable line.

With both Chad Scott and Matt Moore serving as his lead recruiters, Keeler could decide to join the Mountaineers sooner rather than later, and his commitment would be huge for the 2021 class that is already rated as the 18th best in the nation.