MARS HILL, Ala. — Offensive lineman Koby Keenum is heading to the University of Kentucky to further his education and continue his college football career.
The Florence native put pen to paper Saturday morning to make his decision official. Keenum is the first Mars Hill High School football player in history to sign with a power five program.
Despite playing mostly tackle with the Panthers, Keenum was recruited as an interior lineman. At 6-4, 300 lb, Keenum is a three-star recruit, and is the third-ranked center in his class. He announced his commitment on Mark Stoop's 55th birthday.
Keenum chose Mark Stoops and the Wildcats over Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and North Carolina. He also received offers from Michigan, LSU, Miami, and Penn State, but says he chose Kentucky because of the coaching staff.
"Definitely the relationship with the o-line coaches," Keenum explained. "You know, the five schools I narrowed it down to - Mississippi State, Ole Miss Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina - had a really strong relationship with those line coaches and the team there. And I felt like those are all good fits for me. And then finally, when I got those five, I kind of wrote down pros and cons and all five schools. And when I got to Kentucky, it was hardly, like, no cons and I just knew that was the place for me to go."