Alabama football is set to host Notre Dame commitment Keon Keeley — a five-star recruit and the Class of 2023’s No. 1 edge rusher — on a visit this weekend for the Crimson Tide’s Champions Cookout, according to BamaOnLine’s Hank South and Irish Illustrated’s Tom Loy. For more details on where Keeley stands, 247Sports VIP subscribers can read further at the respective message boards — BamaOnLine’s BOL Round Table and Irish Illustrated’s The Four Horsemen Lounge.
Keeley previously visited Alabama for the Tide’s Junior Day Jan. 29.
The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Keeley committed June 28, 2021, to Notre Dame.
Alabama offered Jan. 14, according to Keeley’s timeline.
Keeley officially visited Notre Dame the weekend of June 10.
Currently, Keeley is the nation’s No. 7 overall prospect and No. 2 players in Florida.
“Keon Keeley is a guy that’s ready made for the next level and he can beat you a multitude of ways,” 247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petagna said of Keeley during a July 18 update on the nation’s five-star prospects. “Just watching him, 6- 5, 240-pounds plus, off the edge, you can put him in a two point, you can put him in a three point and that gives Marcus Freemanfirst year head coach at Notre Dame, a lot of versatility with Keon Keeley off the edge. 16.5 sacks for Keon Keeley last year, he really made his mark on a nationally televised game against Arch Manning, the No. 1 player, just really wreaking havoc for him. He had an interception in that game. He is smooth, he is long and then in terms of the speed and power, he can play right through you as well. A lot to like with Keon Keeley. I think he is the jewel of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football class.”
Fellow national recruiting analyst Chris Singletary echoed Petagna’s take on Keeley.
“The beautiful thing that the Fighting Irish are getting into Keon Keeley, they’re getting a guy with tremendous size and length that plays with a sense of urgency, a consistent motor, a guy that makes a lot of plays from the back side,” Singletary said. “That shows that he is willing to play from a pursuit angle, from a standpoint of planning with his hair on fire. As he continues to refine his techniques, that’s when the natural ability meshed with the technique is really going to skyrocket his game. But again, the thing to touch on the most that I want to talk about, his motor, his effort, his sense of urgency, those are the things that, at 6-6, 245-pounds plus right now, those are things that are dynamic and very encouraging for those in South Bend.”
Southeast recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins, who wrote Keeley’s latest 247Sports scouting report May 19, gave the Notre Dame commit an NFL comparison to Danielle Hunter.
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“Must keep progressing and keep the right mindset, but has what it takes to eventually emerge as an impact player for a College Football Playoff contender and a possible Day 1 selection in the NFL Draft,” Ivins said. “Shouldn’t be pigeonholed to one exact role as he could be molded into a variety of different things given growth potential.”