Beth Long’s football recruiting notebook

Simeon quarterback Alante Brown (3) fakes a hand off against Curie at Gatley Stadium, October 13, 2017 Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Year after year, Simeon produces talented athletes. The junior class, led by quarterback Alante Brown, is no exception.

The 5-11, 170-pound quarterback has turned heads for the Wolverines the past two seasons. He gave an oral commitment to Miami of Ohio this week.

“I have been down to the school four times and every time I went I knew I could be big at Miami of Ohio,” Brown said. “Plus, they have a wonderful academic system.

“The coaching staff is wonderful, starting with my main man coach Eric Koehler.”

Brown is athletic enough to play many different positions, but he knows where he’s slotted to play for the RedHawks.

“They want me to play quarterback,” Brown said.

Brown had more than ten other offers. He also considered Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois.

“When I committed it was just happiness all around,” Brown said.

Matt Keeler taking visits

Nazareth has a stockpile of junior prospects that are poised to make noise this fall including offensive lineman Matt Keeler, a 6-6, 290-pound prospect who is gaining recruiting traction.

Keeler most recently visited Virginia and Virginia Tech to check out what they had to offer.

“Virginia and was awesome, loved the facilities and a great group of coaches,” Keeler said.

Keeler thought all the coaches he met during his East coast visit stood out.

“They were awesome and super welcoming and I loved the intensity of the practice,” Keeler said.

Most of the coaches he met seemed to impressed with Keeler’s size and strength.

“The offensive line coach said he loved my length and thinks I’d be a good fit at tackle in their offense,” Keeler said.

It wasn’t a short trip to check out the Cavaliers and the Hokies, but it was one that Keeler was looking forward too.

“I’ve been in contact with them for a while and just wanted to get down there and get a feel for everything,” Keeler said.

As he continues to push forward with the recruiting process, Keeler knows what he’s looking for.

“I’m most interested in getting a feel for the coaches because I’ll obviously be spending a lot of time with them,” Keeler said. “Another big part is their offense and to see where they see me fitting in.”

Keeler is focusing on track this spring. He competes in the shot put and discus. But he also has several football goals.

“My two biggest goals are increasing my overall strength and just dropping weight,” Keeler said.

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