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WMU Football O-Line Recruit John Keenoy Brings Versatility, High Football I.Q. to Broncos

by Matt Buck

Three-star offensive lineman John Keenoy had options when he elected to verbally commit to play football at Western Michigan University.

Keenoy received offers from WMU, Ball State, Buffalo, Illinois State, Central Michigan and Toledo.

"I committed to Western because of the connection I had immediately with the coaching staff and the reputation of its Business School," Keenoy said. "I was born and raised in Grand Rapids so it was also important to me to be able to play close to home so my family could watch me play."

Keenoy said he had a list of factors that contributed to his decision to play at WMU, both from an athletics and academic standpoint.

"During the recruiting process I had three important things I was looking for in a school and coaching staff," he said. "I was looking for a school that would allow me to contribute to their team success, allow me to excel academically, and most importantly coaches that were as excited about finding me as I was with finding them."

When Keenoy met with Western's coaching staff, he said they made it clear how vital he was to the future of the program.

"The Western coaches told me from day one how important I was to the future of WMU football program and that they wanted me to need them as much as they needed me," he said. "As I gathered information about different schools, it became obvious that Western was the perfect fit."

Keenoy said he brings fundamentals and versatility to WMU's offensive line.

"I think I'll be able to bring an intelligent, fundamentally sound and physical style of play to the Broncos offensive line," he said. "I also bring versatility to them as well since I have played tackle, guard, and center."

Although Keenoy is listed as a guard, he believes he'll be playing another position in college.

"I believe I will end up at center," he said. "But just like I did in high school, I will play whatever position Western needs me to play for us to be successful."

Keenoy attributes a lot of his success to his father, who played college football in the Mid-American Conference at Central Michigan.

"My dad is a former Division I offensive lineman who played at MSU and CMU," he said. "Since I could put pads on, my dad has taught me everything he could about being a great offensive lineman, and we still spend hours every week analyzing game film."

Although Keenoy is considered a three-star recruit by nearly all of the major recruiting trackers, he said that means very little once he's on the field.

"I'm flattered to hear that recruiting experts from Rivals, Scout, and 247 think that I am a three-star offensive lineman," he said. "But, honestly, no rating can really predict a players potential at the next level. It really is about working hard everyday and making the commitment to being better than the day before."

"I never want to have a ceiling put on my potential, especially a self-imposed one," he continued. "Look at Khalil Mack. He was a two-star player that, through hard work and determination, was able to become a top-five pick from the MAC in the NFL. Another great example is Eric Fisher."

Keenoy said he will likely be majoring in Finance or something Business-related at Western Michigan University.

"Right now I would like to major in Finance, but if not then something Business related," he said. "I know that WMU has many outstanding majors in the Business Department so I can't go wrong with anything that I end up studying."

Like many of WMU's recruits, Keenoy said he like head coach P.J. Fleck's enthusiasm.

"I really like that Coach Fleck has extremely high expectations for everyone associated with the program," he said. "I love his enthusiasm and endless energy he brings everyday."

He said the positive energy at WMU is bringing him to Kalamazoo.

"I like the positive environment and optimism for the future of the program," he said. "I believe that people make the place special and that is why I'm excited about being a Bronco."

Keenoy said he has clearly defined goals for himself during his time at Western Michigan University.

"My ultimate goal as a student-athlete is to graduate with a degree from Western Michigan University," he said. "My goal as an athlete is to bring a MAC Championship to Kalamazoo and win a bowl game. Anything else that comes our way in the next 4-5 years will just be awesome to be a part of."

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