Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Tom Allen and the Indiana Hoosier football staff have gained their second commitment of the week on Thursday as Christopher Keys from Collins, Mississippi (Collins High School) has pledged his services to the Hoosiers. Collins is a town of just over 2,500 people located north of Hattiesburg, MS. The Hoosiers are leaving no stone unturned looking to fill out their 2020 recruiting class.
Keys announced his decision on Twitter Thursday afternoon by simply tweeting “#LEO”
That was followed by a longer post saying, “first of all I wouldn’t be in this position without God or my support system ever since I was a little boy I always dreamed of playing football at the next level so with that being said I would like to say IM COMMITTED TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY #GOHOOSIERS.”
Keys is listed as a 6’1” 165-pound corner, but has yet to be evaluated by any of the recruiting services so he is “unranked”. Currently Indiana and Jackson State are his only offers, but he has drawn interest from Ole Miss, Louisiana-Monroe and South Alabama. His primary recruiters to IU were corner back coach Brandon Shelby and defensive coordinator Kane Wommack. UPDATE: Keys has been evaluated by Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports. He is now listed as a three-star prospect (88.00 grade) and the 10th best player in Mississippi as well as a top-500 national rank. The Hoosiers now rank 46th nationally and 9th in the Big Ten.
Keys possesses all of the characteristics that Allen and his staff are looking for in defensive backs. He’s long at 6’1” and is a long strider which makes him a smooth, fast runner. He also plays with some swagger. He plays both ways at Collins as a wide receiver and defensive back. Keys also returns kicks.
Watching his HUDL highlights, Keys is an explosive playmaker on offense. He can score from anywhere on the field and will go up and get the ball. On defense, he shows good awareness and athleticism while getting off blocks and making plays on the ball.
Keys is the Hoosiers sixth commitment in the 2020 class and the third on the defensive side of the ball.