Kingsley Keke: NFL Bound?

The former George Ranch football star made heads turn at the NFL Combine


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Kingsley Keke (pictured middle) after an away game in 2014.

By Ethan Morales, Staff writer

Every year, the NFL hosts its Combine; a three-day event that includes the best college football players around the country, showing off their skills. For an athlete to attend, one must be invited. Former George Ranch Longhorn, Kingsley Keke, was one of few to have the opportunity to showcase his talent, and potentially be drafted into the NFL.

Graduating in 2015, Keke was an avid football player. Playing as a defensive end, Keke played a vital role in the success of the team. His stats throughout his high school career are astonishingly high; making 158 total tackles, 39 TFL (tackle for losses), 19 sacks, 53 quarterback pressures, and 5 forced fumbles. Senior year was a season best for Keke; with 60 tackles (10 resulted in a loss of yardage) and 5 sacks, being named to the all-state team, and managing to block some field goals for fun. Keke was named a 4-star prospect and signed with Texas A&M.

While at A&M, Keke continued to make waves. As a freshman, he came up with 8 tackles and played every game. Sophomore year came with its perks, as Keke played every game and had 37 tackles, with 4 sacks. Junior year, Keke was one out of three Aggies on defense to start every game of the season, coming up with 54 tackles and set a career high of 8 tackles in one game against Florida. Senior year Keke continued his hardworking ethic. Starting all 12 games, Keke was third on the Aggies with 4 QB hurries.

Garnering an invitation to the combine, Keke did not come up short during his performance. Running a 4.95 40 yard dash, jumping a 31.5 inch vertical, a broad jump of 111.0 inches, and a 3 cone drill for 7.55 seconds, Keke showed out during the combine.

Few attend the Combine, but even fewer are drafted into the NFL. With 7 rounds, for a total of 256 picks, could Keke fall into one of these selections? The NFL Draft begins on April 25th and runs through the 27th. One can only wait and see.