Central Michigan has made a living of finding offensive linemen under the radar and developing them into good, sometimes great players and NFL draft choices.
Brandon Keen feels like he has the tools to be the next one in that line and today, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle from Our Lady of the Lakes jumped immediately on a fresh Chippewa offer.
"Coach Enos and Coach Cummings offered me and I committed," he said. "They told me they wanted me to be a Chippewa and think I have the ability to get bigger, faster, stronger and become a really good offensive tackle some day and they want me to do it there."
Keen could have waited to see if other offers came, but he says he had already found everything he was looking for.
"My sister goes there. She's finishing up this next year, but it'd still be nice to follow her and become a Chippewa. They have nice facilities. The coaching staff there and Coach Cummings know how to get NFL linemen."
Looking at the lineage of linemen who have gone from Mount Pleasant to the pros, Keen is even more excited to sign on the dotted line and get to work.
"It seems like every three to four years, they have an All-American tackle getting ready to go to the NFL. I think I have next level size and ability and if I go there, work my butt off like I already am, I could possibly do that."
After taking many visits and waiting patiently for offers to come, Keen is happy to be done with the process.
"It's kind of a weight off my shoulders not thinking about where I'll be playing football next year, or wondering if you are. I don't have to get out of class to talk to coaches anymore, even though that was a good thing."