May 18, 2011

Bears on the OL hunt

Baylor's pursuit of 2012 offensive line recruits has so far netted the likes of Athens' Cameron Bailey and Port Arthur Memorial's Tre-Von Armstead.

But by no means are Art Briles and his staff finished with that section of the program. It's probable that they would like to secure the commitments of possibly two more before they feel like their work is done. That's why the dialogue continues with Argyle's Trey Keenan. But the more they talk with him, the more other programs get invovled.

With Boise St. being the latest, Keenan is up to 16 Division I offers. And there could be more. These programs can't watch Keenan go through spring workouts per se. As a Class 3A school, Argyle cannot have a formalized spring football season.

"Miami (Fla.), Florida State and Notre Dame haven't offered but I heard their coaching were coming by soon,'' Keenan said. "But I still have a good talks with coach [Jim] Gush. I guess it was about a week ago he and [along with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach] Randy Clements came by to watch me work out. Baylor is still very high for me. They haven't moved even with the new offers.''

Keenan continues to take the methodical approach. During the summer, he said he will try to attend between 4-5 camps. He hopes he can spend time with that school's offensive line coach for the day to get an early understanding of how he coaches and what his expectations are. Baylor's offensive line camps are scheduled for June 5, 12 and July 22 on the Baylor campus.

But for the times that he has been in Waco -- Keenan was at the Jan. 30 Junior Day and the April 2 controlled scrimmage -- he liked the approach that Baylor takes and the kind of players the program is reviewing. It goes beyond the playing field.

"It doesn't look like they make a whole bunch of offers because they want to really be sure,'' Keenan said. "They look like they are going to take kids who might be great players and will be great off the field. I really respect that. And I definitely will take that into consideration.''

Keenan said that he and his family will review travel plans by the end of May to determine where they will travel. He already has a qualifying SAT score.

Briefly...Euless Trinity defensive end Polo Manukainiu, who received his first offer from Baylor, continues to add to his offer sheet. He recently picked up one from Washington St. Manukainiu continues to go through the process but said he Baylor assistant head coach Brian Norwood was on the Trinity campus on Tuesday to watch him....Fort Scott CC defensive back Joe Williams has signed his letter of intent and faxed it back to Baylor.



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