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Lawrence Keys III discusses Michigan offer, leaving the state
Michigan hasn’t been very active in recruiting Louisiana prospects since recruiting became a national business. Despite that fact, the Wolverines extended an offer last week to New Orleans McDonough 35 High WR recruit Lawrence Keys III, a 4-star prospect and the No. 40 receiver in the Class of 2018 per 247Sports.
Seen early as an LSU favorite, Keys III has offers from the likes of Mississippi State, Nebraska, Texas A&M and a host of other programs.
Though still in the very early stages of the process, the junior discussed his offer from the Wolverines, along with the big picture of the Wolverines and his recruitment.
On the Michigan offer: “It was a big offer for me … (running backs coach) Jay Harbaugh was the one who offered me.”
On the distance from home to Michigan: “The distance is nothing. My parents said wherever I go, they’re just going to come with me.”
On watching Michigan last season: “Oh yeah, I had to watch them … I had to watch Jabrill Peppers. Their offense is one that I’m looking for — it really interests me.”
On being tabbed a heavy favorite to choose in-state LSU: “No, no, no. I’ve been looking at that, too. Everyone from Louisiana is looking at it saying “100-percent LSU,” but I’m looking to explore the world. On the daily, there’s murdering and stealing here. It’s dangerous out here. Every day someone is getting killed out here.”
On visiting Michigan: “I want to get up there to visit. I have to talk with the coaches to see what day I should come up. I want to go up there; I want to see what it’s like at Michigan.”
On the Jordan uniforms: “Those jerseys are sweet. Man, I got to get me some gear there.”
On the South and the SEC’s disdain for Jim Harbaugh: “I don’t see why a lot of people down here don’t like him — that’s a great coach. He went from the NFL and came back to coach college football … come on now!”
On Jim Harbaugh’s intensity: “It amps you up. I like it. It motivates you, and my coaches right now do it, too.”
On what schools are standing out to him: “Schools with more of a spread offense stand out to me. Those will be the schools I’ll be looking closest at.”
Keys III sounds like he has a specific agenda: Leave Louisiana, find the best offensive fit and a place where his parents can live comfortably.
The obvious unwritten truth in these situations is that Michigan will have a really tough time pulling him from the South, even if LSU is taken out of the equation. On top of that, it’s early, and it’s hard to tell how serious not only the interest Keys III has in the Wolverines, but also the interest the Wolverines will have in him going forward.
His quick, shifty, play is similar to that of Michigan sophomore Eddie McDoom. If Keys III can find a trail to Ann Arbor for a visit before fall, that could be an important stepping stone for the Wolverines with the New Orleans native.
Keep a close eye on this one during the spring and summer.
Quick news and notes from The Opening Orlando Regional
The premier offseason football camp — Nike’s The Opening — has officially kicked off. And the first group of invites for the finals in Oregon this summer is set.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) February 19, 2017
Of the finalists from the Orlando Regional, four are seen as targets for Michigan — Joshua Moore, Brian Hightower, Brendan Radley-Hines and Amari Burney. But as of now, Michigan isn’t showing too much promise with any of them.
With that in mind, our friend at SECCountry.com — Florida recruiting writer Zach Abolverdi — believes the Wolverines are out on Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star QB Artur Sitkowski, who camped in Orlando during The Opening on Sunday.
Instead, Michigan has honed in on Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, keeping its other targets in its back pocket.