Category: Recruiting

2020 OL Drayton Bohnstadt offered by Ohio University

This past weekend 2020 OL Drayton Bohnstadt went to visit and camp with the Ohio University Bobcats. Ohio University is an FBS NCAA member who plays in the MAC conference.

Coach Frank Solich and staff extended a scholarship offer to 2020 OL Drayton Bohnstadt.

Drayton is a full academic qualifier and will be able to enroll in January of 2020 for the spring semester.

2020 WR Keelan Marion offered by Houston

Original Article by: by Ryan Monceaux via GoCougs.com

Keelan Marion is dynamic. Both on the field and on the phone.

He’s also one of UH’s newest offers, picking his up just after Wednesday’s camp. The wide receiver, just under 6’1″, played for Grayson HS in Loganville, Georgia, halfway between Atlanta and Athens.

Grayson is one of the 48 programs in the state’s newly-created 7A classification and is a prime spot to start making waves in recruiting. Grayson was preseason #1 in 7A and ranked second when they lost in the third round of the playoffs. Co-DC Doug Belk and Tyron Carrier have recruited the state for several years and continue to do so.

Keelan graduated from Grayson last month and will enroll at Palmetto Prep, a football factory in Columbia, South Carolina. He has reclassified and will now be a class of 2020 recruit. But he says it’s not what it seems: he’s not going to Palmetto due to a test score or his core classes. We’ll cover it below.

Keelan agreed to talk to GoCoogs in detail about his 2018 season, what he’s gone through in recruiting, and what he likes about UH. He took me inside the process of what goes on at camp and how his offer was tendered.

Some portions of the interview were edited for clarity and length.

Keelan Marion Grayson HS

Keelan making a play for Grayson

GoCoogs.com: You played at powerhouse Grayson. Tell me about your season?

Keelan Marion: My season was pretty good. It could have been great but I suffered a bad injury. A high ankle sprain. I missed 5 to 6 games and I didn’t come back until the playoffs.

In the first round playoff game, against South Forsyth, came out with 3 touchdowns. The (college recruiters) saw I was back healthy. Second playoff game, came back with two touchdowns. And the third round, it was rainy, inclement weather. Our run ended very early (Grayson lost 20-15 to Lowndes).

(Recruiters) were saying they needed more film or wanted to see more. And a lot of people backed off. It didn’t do anything but push me and make me go harder.

 
GoCoogs: So they backed off because you were injured and didn’t play a full season?

Keelan: Yes sir.

 
GoCoogs: Describe your game to me.

Keelan: I’m a big physical wideout. I’m not gonna say I’m speedy. I’ve got enough speed where I can break on you if you give me that chance. Or I put that move on you, I will break away. I can promise you that.

 
GoCoogs: Did you run at UH? Do you know what that number was?

Keelan: 4.5 flat

 
GoCoogs: Why did decide to go to Palmetto?

Keelan: Well, I decided to go to Palmetto Prep because, for one, I suffered the injury. I was committed to South Alabama and they were asking why I wasn’t playing. I was telling them, I was like, I’m injured right now. They pulled their offer back and told me they were letting me go.

I tried to roll over to Florida Atlantic but the wide receivers coach ended up getting dismissed. So I didn’t have anywhere to go.

The other offers I had, either there was a coaching change or all the slots were taken.

 
GoCoogs: Ok. So, most people go to prep school because of an academic situation. Are you academically qualified?

Keelan: Yes sir.

 
GoCoogs: You graduated from Grayson High School last month?

Keelan: Yes, sir.

 
GoCoogs: So your SAT or ACT is fine and you have all your core (classes)?

Keelan: Yes sir.

 
GoCoogs: Ok. So this was really just a football decision for you?

Keelan: Yes sir.

 
GoCoogs: When do you report to Palmetto?

Keelan: I report August 2nd.

 
GoCoogs: Ok. So what is your schedule like this fall?

Keelan: Any class I had below-average grades in, or I wasn’t comfortable with, I can retake it. They can prep me for a higher ACT and SAT scores.

Every morning, we get up and we have a certain amount of class time depending on your test scores and GPA. Then you have a workout, lunch, and practice.

And we play on Sundays.

 
GoCoogs: Are there any classes you want to improve a grade in?

Keelan: Yes sir. The class I probably want to improve in is a 10th-grade geometry class.

Keelan Marion

Keelan Marion prepping for a game

GoCoogs: Ok. So let’s move on to camps. Where all have you camped this summer?

Keelan: I’ve been at Southern Miss, Georgia Tech, TCU and Middle (Tennessee).

I will be attending, most likely, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, and maybe Wake Forest and Michigan.

And I will be attending Ole Miss this Saturday.

 
GoCoogs: Are you in contact with a lot of schools?

Keelan: A lot of schools are starting to hop on and reach out to me. I’m most interested in talking to a school that’s a good fit for me. Anyone that spreads the ball.

But who reached out to me and who have I been talking to? I’ve been talking to South Alabama, Colorado State, Jacksonville State. I’ve been talking to Michigan, Ole Miss, uhh, I talked to Kentucky, TCU. Texas Southern and Houston Baptist just started.

 
GoCoogs: When did you first hear from UH?

Keelan: I knew it was some of the same staff from West Virginia. When I was at Grayson last year, I talked to a couple of the staff that is at UH now. That’s how I ended up going down to their camp, putting on a really good show. They ended up liking and offering me. I just want to build a relationship with those guys.

I know UH would be on the top of the list no matter what. – Keelan Marion

GoCoogs: Who has been recruiting you from UH?

Keelan: Coach Carrier and Belk.

 
GoCoogs: Coach Carrier would be your position coach. What do you know about him?

Keelan: I know he had one of the best wide receiver groups last year at West Virginia. I want to build the relationship with him that I think I can.

 
GoCoogs: What do you think about Coach Carrier?

Keelan: I think he’s a pretty good coach from what I saw at that camp. He taught me a lot of stuff, he taught me things that I didn’t know. And he taught me some things that I can improve on.

 
GoCoogs: What did he teach you that you didn’t know?

Keelan: He taught me how to cross over and to keep my arms moving around the cones (in drills) and through routes. And how to swing my elbow to break out my routes.

 
GoCoogs: And what did he tell you that you could work on?

Keelan: Keeping my arms pumped and also, no drifting in my routes. He taught me how to stop drifting in my routes and come flat.

Keelan’s “elite quickness is matchup nightmare for a safety.” – RecruitGeorgia.com

GoCoogs: Do you know anything about his playing days?

Keelan: I heard he was really fast.

 
GoCoogs: Yeah, he was. So when did the coaches start recruiting you to UH?

Keelan: It actually started the day of the camp.

 
GoCoogs: Oh! So it started (Wednesday)?

Keelan: I was communicating, yes sir. I was communicating with them for a while back it actually started yesterday at the camp.

 
GoCoogs: So besides camp, did you do anything on the UH campus like touring facilities or anything?

Keelan: Yes, sir. They wanted me to stay after for extra workouts but I had to catch a flight. So they are going to try to get me back very soon.

 
GoCoogs: What did you think of the indoor practice facility?

Keelan: I think it was pretty nice. It was nicer than all the schools I’ve been to, their indoor facilities.

 
GoCoogs: Did you get to do anything fun while you were in Houston?

Keelan: No sir, I flew down there that morning and flew right back.

 
GoCoogs: Ok, wow. So you flew to TCU and then home then flew to Houston separately?

Keelan: Yes sir.

 
GoCoogs: Ok. On Twitter, you said you fell in love with Houston and it might be home.

Keelan: Yes sir.

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GoCoogs: What do you mean by that?

Keelan: I mean, from speaking with Coach Carrier, he seems like he’s very interested. He’s showing me a lot of love. Showing me a lot of love. All the coaches are showing me love.

The indoor facility is really nice. It was like the town, I have an uncle that stays down there, so he kinda showed me around while we were heading there. It was pretty nice.

Keelan Marion – eyes downfield

GoCoogs: So tell me about the offer. Who from UH made the offer directly to you?

Keelan: Coach Carrier.

 
GoCoogs: How did that go? Take me through it.

Keelan: When we were done camping, doing our reps and our one-on-one reps against DBs, other coaches were stopping me and getting my info and stuff.

After camp, he told me to stay behind. Coach Carrier told me, ‘son, you did great today.’ He said, ‘son, you can ball.’ He said we’re gonna offer, said you can ball, he said we need you here. We like you. We can fit you into this offense. Told me I could ball. Told me they were really interested.

He showed a lot of attention.

 
GoCoogs: Did any other staffers give you any feedback?

Keelan: I talked to Coach Etheridge, the safeties coach. He had been recruiting me when he was at Louisiana-Lafayette. So that’s how I knew about Houston, from him. When he was recruiting me back when he was at Louisiana. So he hit me up.

 
GoCoogs: So that’s where it started?

Keelan: Yes sir, it started from him. He hit me up today. He told me, he’s like, ‘we were talking about you today in the staff meeting.’ And he’s like, ‘we want you here.’

They want to build a relationship. A very close relationship with me. I wouldn’t mind that.

 
GoCoogs: What’s that feel like?

Keelan: It makes me feel like they’re very interested, they’re keeping in touch every hour, every other hour. Letting me know how workouts are going, stuff like that.

 
GoCoogs: The offer is committable, right?

Keelan: Yes sir, I just have to send my transcript down once I get it.

 
GoCoogs: So once you get the transcript to them, they would accept if you wanted to commit?

Keelan: Yes sir.

 
GoCoogs: What’s your time table to make your decision?

Keelan: I want to take my time and make sure it’s the right choice. I want to build a relationship with those guys that show me they want me.

I just want to get closer and get to know those guys.

 
GoCoogs: So your recruitment is still open?

Keelan: I wouldn’t mind talking to anyone but I just know, if it ever comes down to it, I know UH would be on the top of the list no matter what.

They recognized me from day one.

 
GoCoogs: Who is helping you work through these choices?

Keelan: Family. It’s a family decision. My coaches are helping me, too.

 
GoCoogs: Keelan, I think we covered everything.

Keelan: That works.

 
GoCoogs: Thank you, man.

Keelan: Thank you.

One offer enough for A&T receiver Zach Leslie, who has blossomed with Aggies

Original Article By: Jeff Mills via News & Record

GREENSBORO — OK, who wants a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who can run, has good hands, a 33½-inch vertical leap and good grades?

Apparently no one.

Except, of course, N.C. A&T.

And now, Zach Leslie.

The Aggies have made a habit of finding overlooked, and under-offered, talent. Tarik Cohen. Brandon Parker. Jeremy Taylor. Elijah Bell.

“A&T was my only (scholarship) offer,” Leslie says. “When I got that offer, it was a dream come true. I had always dreamed of playing on TV and playing in a championship game. I had never won a championship before, and there’s nothing like that feeling. Nothing.”

Leslie, a sophomore from Lawndale, has blossomed this season and ranks second in the MEAC with seven touchdown catches, including a one-handed grab in the end zone that sent an audible gasp through East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

He ranks third in the league with 33 catches and fourth with 438 receiving yards.

Leslie has been the breakout star of a balanced, deep A&T receiving corps featuring two-time All-MEAC performer Bell and speedsters Malik Wilson and Ron Hunt.

“E-Bell and I talk a lot,” Leslie says, “and he has told me some stuff that has helped him become successful. I’m just trying to play my role, help the team in any way possible. … We all compete within our position group, pushing each other to be better. That’s what keeps all of us going week to week.”

“I learned so much from watching those guys,” Leslie says. “It ain’t always about having the physical reps. Last year, I took a lot of mental reps. I was always asking questions. And now the knowledge I gained is showing on the field.

“All the older guys on this team told me, ‘The spring is when you earn your position.’ My mindset going into spring ball was to do my absolute best, to show the coaches 100 percent. That’s what got me where I am today.”

Leslie won a starting job with a strong spring, and he emerged as A&T’s top receiver while Bell healed from foot and ankle injuries that have hampered him much of the season.

During the last four weeks, Leslie has posted the first two 100-yard receiving games of his career and has averaged six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

“I’ll tell you what: I’ll take that young man one-on-one with anybody,” A&T coach Sam Washington says, “and not just in this conference, but in the country. He’ll win more of those one-on-ones than he’ll lose.”

So how did such a big, strong, athletic player receive just one offer?

For one thing, Leslie played mostly defense in high school, starring as a big-hitting safety for Burns High, which ran a run-first wing-T offense. And then he hurt his shoulder his senior year.

“I hurt it the first time playing basketball,” Leslie says. “I thought it had healed, thought I was well. But then it really tore in a football game. I was making a tackle, and when I hit the guy my shoulder dislocated and it tore the labrum.”

The tear required surgery to repair, and any college offers dried up.

“They sewed my labrum back up,” Leslie says, “and then it was a six-month healing process. Those were six long months. But you know what? I’m glad I had to go through that to get where I am.”

With no college offers, Leslie went to Palmetto Prep School in South Carolina.

“That year was hard,” Leslie says. “I had friends, people I knew well, who were all going to college. But that wasn’t my path. I had to do what I had to do to earn a scholarship. I went to Palmetto Prep, and that’s where I got my offer from A&T. Ever since then, I’ve been an Aggie.”