Illinois opened a pipeline to Trotwood-Madison High School with commits like Reon Dawson and Jarrod…
Next Up At Trotwood?
Trotwood-Madison head coach Mo Douglass has certainly taken the Ram program to the top of the mountain in Ohio high school football, culminating with last season's first state title. Douglass, a long-time NFL cornerback, is producing Division-I college talent on an annual basis, and he is especially adept at helping his defensive backs develop their talents. Last season, freshman cornerback Kei Beckham, 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, stood out in a Ram secondary occupied by fellow Division-I recruits Bam Bradley and Cameron Burrows, making himself a player of note in the class of 2015. "Last year, I just tried to do what my coaches were telling me and just play football," Beckham explained. "My coaches and teammates believed in me, and that gave me confidence to make plays in big games. I played as an eighth-grader the year before, but like Coach Douglass said, I play against our guys every day in practice and the talent I face in games is at that level." "I was ready for this level because I trusted my skills," he added. "I proved in practice that I have coverage skills, and that's what I do best. I need to work on tackling, and that will come as I get stronger from our weight room routine." Even though it is way too early for Beckham to begin looking at college recruiting, he does have a few favorites at this time. "I like Ohio State the best, of course," he stated. "But, I also like Michigan a lot, and the way their defense plays under (Greg) Mattison. I also like Miami a lot too." "I would love to be in the position Cameron and Bam are in today, and I have the grades and work ethic to make that happen," he continued. "I watch what they do, on and off the field, and try to learn from them. They made sure I knew my assignments, and also made sure I wasn't intimidated by the big games we played in. I think I played better in the playoffs, as things got harder for us."
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