Wisconsin is a state that the West Virginia football program does not recruit often but that is not stopping them from going after a fast-rising recruit.
2022 3-star tight end Andrew Keller (Waunakee, Wisconsin) received a call Wednesday night from Travis Trickett, who informed him that his latest Power Five offer was from West Virginia. Keller now holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Toledo and Eastern Michigan.
“Since my last game on Friday, Coach Trickett and I have been communicating through Twitter and texts,” Keller told West Virginia Sports Now. “Then last night, he Facetimed me and wanted to meet me in person, get to know me better and wanted me to know more about West Virginia. After that, he let me know that they were offering me.
“Coach told me that they normally don’t recruit in Wisconsin and saw that I’ve been turning heads lately and after really watching my film that they really liked it. After my talk with Coach, I learned more about the West Virginia program. It’s a whole different world out there. Football is huge there, they sell out every game, it’s all they have there. West Virginia football is a huge deal out there.”
A big reason for the interest that Keller is receiving is because of the position switch he decided to make last season. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound athlete decided to make the move from wide receiver to tight end. He realizes that he’ll need to put on more weight before playing in college but has no problem with that and is excited about his future at his new position.
“During my sophomore season, I had a pretty good season but going forward in college, I knew that I’d need to either increase my speed or put on a ton of weight and move to tight end,” Keller said. “I felt that the weight to tight end would be a lot easier. I figured why not make the move now and it’s ended up working out pretty well.
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“With today’s offenses, I’d be the hybrid player and move to flex out and run routes but also have the ability to move in and put my hand in the dirt and stand my ground with the big boys in the trenches. With receiving, my strengths are my hands and my ability to box defenders out and win the battle for the jump balls because I use my height to my advantage. I’m really good at using my body to get me in position to get myself where only I can catch the ball.”
West Virginia is the latest program to try and start a relationship with Keller. With more and more coaches calling, Keller’s starting to feel the pressures of recruiting but is looking forward to seeing where this recruiting process takes him.
“For me, all of this is fun but is starting to be a lot,” Keller said. “I’m still doing all my workouts and obviously doing my schoolwork full-time and I need to focus on that. But, I also have like 100 direct messages and coaches wanting to call and talk with me. At times it gets overwhelming but it’s still fun. Whenever I have downtime, I’ll open up my messages and respond to some of them and answer some surveys that are sent to me. Normally I’ll deal with messages and that stuff in the evening.”
The other thing that Keller is starting to sort out is official visits that he plans on taking. At this time, Keller tells WV Sports Now he plans on visiting Iowa and Iowa State and looks forward to talking with West Virginia to see how their relationship develops.