Projected Position: Tight End/H-Back
Rivals: 3-star, No. 4 player in Colorado
247: 4-star, No. 183 player nationally, No. 9 ATH, No. 2 player in Colorado
Scout: 3-star, No. 82 athlete, No. 10 player in Colorado
Other Power 5 Offers: Six
Virginia Tech took a rare trip to the state of Colorado to recruit Dalton Keene, whose father was the college roommate of Defensive Line Coach Charley Wiles at Murray State. The Hokies landed Keene over several other Power 5 programs, including Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. He committed to Virginia Tech the day after visiting Nebraska, which is something that doesn’t happen very often.
Keene can be a tough prospect to evaluate because in high school he rarely played the position he’s expected to play in college. He was his team’s starting running back, while also serving as a Wildcat quarterback. He did line up as an H-Back at times, where he was primarily used in simple blocking schemes, as well on flat patterns in the passing game. In other words, he wasn’t asked to do a whole lot from a mental standpoint.
Keene dominated the state of Colorado, where there isn’t much talent. That’s another reason why he is tough to evaluate. Still, it makes for fun highlight film to watch. All 20 minutes of it!
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