Diamond In The Rough: Keenan Landry

Keenan Landry is a 6’2” defensive tackle out of Jennings High School in Jennings, Louisiana. At 325 pounds, Landry is explosive off the ball and has a great lateral quickness. He’s a very soft-spoken guy outside of football, but you can expect him to be an aggressive and effective leader when it’s game time. He’s made all-district every season, and all-American his freshman year. He helped his team get to State Runner- Ups last season. He’s disciplined on and off the field as well as he holds a 3.7 gpa at Jennings High. His dreams keep him motivated to get better every time he touches the field.


At what age did you begin playing football and what motivated you to play?

I started football playing when I was around six years old. I saw my brother playing football, so I wanted to play it as well. Watching him play motivated me to get into the game. 

How do you think coaches and teammates would describe you as a player?

I think they would describe me as a quiet person. Even though I am quiet, I’m always there to be a leader when it’s time to speak up. I am a great person to be around.

What advice would you give to younger players who want to play high school football one day?

I would tell younger players that they have to be dedicated if they want to play high school football. You also have to sacrifice a lot of things. You need to go out there with a lot of patience and be motivated to keep doing your best.

Outside of sports, do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I play video games a lot when I am free to. My favorite game would either be Call of Duty or Madden

What do you do in your offseason?

It’s not really much of an offseason to me as I still put in work during it. I run and work out a lot. I do a lot of drills to make sure I stay in shape. I never really get to go on any vacations. It’s all about working on football during the offseason.

Do you have any specific personal goals for next season?

I would like to finish all-state and all-american. I also would like to hopefully pick up some more offers. Leading my teammates the state championship and winning it is also a big personal goal. 

What would you say motivates you the most?

I’ve been playing for so long and it’s a dream for me to one day be in the NFL. That dream keeps me going and motivates me to keep pushing.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a defensive tackle?

Being in the trenches every play can be challenging. Sometimes we don’t get all of the credit we deserve. But it definitely teaches you how to stay level headed. 

What are some things that you feel like you can improve on for the upcoming season?

I can improve on my explosiveness off the ball and hand placements. Switching gears into bigger moves is also something I can always improve on. 

What has football taught you about life?
Football has taught me a lot of discipline and control. It’s also taught me that people will dislike you, whether you have success or not. It just shows you how to ignore that, block it out, and focus on the bigger goal.