LSU is riding on a wave right now in recruiting, especially on the defensive side of the football after picking up Destrehan High School (LA) four-star linebacker Kolaj Cobbins, Ruston High School (LA) three-star defensive end Ahmad Breaux, and most recently, Aledo High School (TX) three-star 2024 linebacker Davhon Keys, who committed to LSU this past Saturday after recently going on an unofficial visit on campus to Baton Rouge.
The 6’0, 210-pound linebacker chose the Tigers over the likes of Alabama, Penn State, Cincinnati, Oregon, Oklahoma State. Oregon, Houston, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington, Utah, Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Pittsburgh and SMU.
Talking to Keys, he thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the great visit proved to be one of the catalysts for his decision.
“It was a great visit. I loved the campus and getting to interact with the staff and the visit simply solidified my thoughts about LSU and I knew it was the place I wanted to be.”
The visit was certainly a part of it, but considering the massive recent wave of defensive players committing including four linebackers has to deal with the creative way that defensive coordinator Matt House utilizes their talents.
“Coach House’s history with linebackers not only in the college level, but also in the NFL level intrigued me the most. I knew I would get developed and utilized properly at LSU.”
In terms of his skill set, there is not a lot of refinement for this high I.Q. linebacker. At his frame, Keys runs very well as he has 4.59/40 speed and even plays a lot of running back for his team. As a linebacker, he does a great job of playing the run, dropping back in coverage, and also getting to the quarterback as a pass rusher. He also displays incredible strength as he can bench press 320 pounds and can squat close to 600.
“My biggest strength is definitely my versatility, being able to cover, rush the passer, and run sideline to sideline.”
For Keys, the best part of playing linebacker is locking down and frustrating offenses.
“My favorite part about playing linebacker is shutting down offenses and making them deviate from their game plan.”
Keys is also used to playing in front of huge crowds and dealing with a lot of high expectations as he led Texas High School football powerhouse Aledo High School to back-to-back state championships. Last season, he recorded 123 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, five pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, a pick six and a blocked field goal.
The two-time All-State performer and state champion is used to being a part of a winning program that is used to winning championships.
“The emphasis put on discipline, effort, and perseverance prepares you for all levels of football, and all aspects of life.”
After accomplishing already, a whole lot at the high school level and announcing his new school, Keys is focused on refining his skills his senior year so he can be even more ready to contribute in the SEC when he arrives on campus.
“There’s nothing major I feel I need to improve. Just refining my skills and getting faster and stronger.”
Possessing all of the qualities needed to become a great sideline to sideline linebacker in the SEC, Davhon Keys just wants to let the LSU fan base know that they should be excited to have him onboard.
“They should be really excited. I tear apart offenses and will be a huge addition to the second level.”
Right now, this is LSU’s 11th commitment for the 2024 class and with three players committing just in the last couple of days, expect Brian Kelly and the LSU Tigers to keep riding this wave as we enter the spring.
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