Wide Receiver, Class of 2022
Frederick Douglass High School, Lexington, KY
Not slowed by the current pandemic, the recruitment of Frederick Douglass (Ky.) 2022 wide receiver Dane Key continues to rise. On Monday, Key added his ninth offer, from Virginia Tech.
The Hokies join a list that also includes Tennessee, Oregon, Kentucky and Louisville. And while Key has a couple of connections, he said he’s also keeping his options open as he waits to see when and where he’ll be able to visit schools.
“I just want a team that has a good culture, a team that will win in the future when I’m there,” he said. “Hopefully, a team that will get me the ball. Location plays a little effect, but it’s just the best choice for me, where we feel I fit best.”
For now, Key said Virginia Tech is still a bit foreign to him. He’s yet to visit and said he’s still doing his homework on the Hokies.
“I don’t know too much about Virginia Tech yet,” Key said. “When (Vance Vice) offered, he told me, ‘We’ve done our info on you, now you have to look in on us.’ So, I guess I have to look into it. When I got the offer, I was excited, because it’s great to have another option. I was just excited to get it.”
Vice has given the Hokies a bit of traction in Kentucky. He was responsible for four-star offensive lineman Bryan Hudson, a member of the 2019 class, and has stayed in regular contact with Key.
“I’ve talked to him a few times,” Key said. “He came to visit the school one day (this year), a couple of times. I’ve got a pretty cool vibe. He always talks about what the future holds at Virginia Tech. He told me how everything is being built and with my class, the program will be set and we’ll know how to win. It’ll be a winning culture there.”
Key has a couple of connections in the Bluegrass State. His father, Donte Key, played at Kentucky in the early 1990s, while his brother, Devon Key, is a junior linebacker at Western Kentucky. But the youngest Key insists he’s looking beyond those ties.
“UK, they’ve always recruited me hard since my freshman year,” he said. “They always knew I was going to be who I am now and have had an eye on me. They’ve always been there. It would be good, but I just want to go where it’s best for me. I haven’t really thought about where I want to go.”
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