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‘Nasty’ Mars Hill 2023 OL Koby Keenum narrows college list to 5 – AL.com


Penn State recruit Koby Keenum visits with head coach James Franklin for the Auburn Whiteout game on Sept. 18, 2021. Joe Hermitt | jhermitt@pennlive.com
The COVID-19 shutdown of high school athletics had a huge impact on Mars Hill 2023 OL Koby Keenum.
In a positive way.
“My son (Peyton) and a group of seniors would go get Koby and take him to one of the houses that had weight equipment,” Mars Hill coach Darrell Higgins said. “It changed his whole mindset. He went from squatting 315 to squatting more than 500. At the end of his sophomore year, we won the state title and had a good team, and Arkansas called up and offered him.
“It’s been non-stop since.”
Keenum is now a 6-foot-4, 300-pound rising senior.
On Wednesday, he narrowed his college choices to five – Louisville, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Kentucky.
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He has visits set up for Kentucky June 10-12 and Louisville June 17-19.
Higgins said Keenum hopes to take his visits this month and commit before the season starts in August.
“At least, I hope he will so he can go out and help us win football games,” Higgins joked.
Keenum, a 3-star prospect, is currently listed as the No. 29 senior recruit in the state, according to the 247 composite rankings.
He is No. 7 among offensive linemen in a loaded Alabama class that also includes Northridge’s Wilkin Formby (14), Thompson’s Stanton Ramil (15), Auburn’s Bradyn Joiner (20), Pike Road’s Vysen Lang (23), Anniston’s RyQueze McElderry (26) and Eufaula’s Patrick Screws (27).
Of those seven, only Joiner (Auburn) and McElderry (Georgia) are committed at this point.
“He’s very athletic for his size, can move and can get to the second level,” Higgins said of Keenum. “He’s also nasty finishing blocks off and staying on people.”
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Keenum plays tackle for Mars Hill, but college coaches believe he will be a center or guard on the next level.
He was predominantly a baseball player until Higgins lured him on to the football field in ninth grade.
“He started for us as a sophomore, and he still has a lot more upside,” Higgins said. “Once he got in the weight room, his body started changing and developing.”
Higgins said most experts see Keenum as a three-year starter in college who has everything it takes to be an NFL player. Higgins also has some goals for Keenum’s senior year.
“He has to be a two-way player for us,” Higgins said. “I would like to see him be more dominant on the defensive side. He’s always been good on offense, but we need him to dominate on defense as well and also play at a high level even when he gets tired.”
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