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On Thursday night in Tampa, Florida, Berkley Prep ended spring football training, which meant Keon Kili was in action. Notre Dame’s verbal commitment, which is still heard from schools like Alabama and Florida, ended up with him getting a sack, a pass slip, and multiple quarterback pressure in four quarters of the game when the Buccaneers beat nearby Wygrass Ranch. , 14–9.

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Having had the opportunity to evaluate Keely ahead of his senior season, we’ve added a scouting report to his 247Sports profile. It can be found below.

It looks like he still has a better pass rusher with a bigger frame ahead of him, which is bad news for future opponents. The first from the bus with his hulking, muscular body that seems to be pushing 6ft 6in, 245 pounds. He has a bit of a natural straight demeanor but isn’t exactly rigid and has shown over and over again on Friday nights that he can bend and find leverage. At this stage of his development, he is good at many different things, but his most promising trait may be his motor skills and ability to stop/play in pursuit from behind. He has experience in working out both two- and three-point stances in defense of 4-3 bases. Superb instant action foresight allows him to quickly fire behind the lines and get to work. He tends to make the most of the opportunities presented to him as the well-timed turn has turned into a source of income of sorts, but this is not the only ploy he uses to go after the quarterback as he can also hit offensive tackles with a long arm and a bullish rush. Not the type to disappear on the run, but can always get a little more burst sound and he will need to learn how to hold his own against college veterans. The lack of verified data makes it difficult to paint the full picture, but he should be considered one of the best defensive players in the 2023 class given length, smooth movement skills and production (tacked 16.5 sacks and 35 QBH as a junior). Must continue to progress and keep the right mindset, but he has what it takes to eventually become an impact player for a college football playoff contender and an eventual first-day NFL draft pick. It should not be tied to one specific role as it can be used for many different things given the potential for growth.

I struggled a bit with player comparisons (which is a good thing to be honest since Keely is unique) but settled on Danielle Hunter, who was selected in the third round for the Minnesota Vikings out of LSU. back in 2015. Keely and Hunter have very different background, but Keely’s style of play and tendencies remind me a lot of Hunter in 2021, when he hit six sacks in seven games before suffering a season-ending injury.

Keely plays a variety of sports, playing varsity basketball in his freshman and sophomore years at Berkley Prep before deciding to focus mainly on football. While it would be nice to see what he would have done last winter on the same court as Stanford tight end C.J. Hawkins, several old social media videos show he can throw it on solid wood. And with ease.

Markus Freeman and the Irish are expected to host Kili for an official visit on the weekend of June 10th. Several assistants were present at Notre Dame on Saturday. Representatives from Florida and the former Soviet Union also attended.