John Keenoy From East Kentwood HS (MI) Dominated the Detroit Elite Big Man Camp

By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Published: 02/24/2014


John Keenoy Sr. was a former football player at Michigan State and Central Michigan. He recognized early on that his son was better suited to play on the line than a skilled position, so he started preparing him to be an offensive lineman. Ten years later, John Jr. is now considered one of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 in Michigan.

“Since I was little, I have dreamed of playing college football. My dad has made the biggest impact on my football career. He has coached me to be an offensive lineman from day one. I was always bigger and stronger than everyone else, so he taught me all the fundamentals about being a great offensive lineman,” said John Keenoy Jr.

John Jr. showcased his skill and talent at the Elite Big Man Camp in Detroit earlier this month. This was his third year in a row attending the camp, and he was voted the top offensive lineman. His strong performance is helping him gain some more momentum this off-season after picking up a few offers in 2013.

Keenoy has four Division 1 scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Buffalo, Toledo, and Western Michigan. He is also hearing from Michigan, Illinois, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Akron. The colleges that have offered are recruiting John as a center.

“I am thrilled to have offers from 4 MAC schools at this point in the recruiting process. It has been a long road the last 18 months with going to camps, and doing unofficial visits to these schools. The non-offer schools tell me that they want to stay in contact, and all have invited me down for basketball games. I am just trying at this point to continue to build relationships with them, and see what interest there is in April when coaches are back in schools visiting,” said Keenoy.

Keenoy had a great junior season, earning 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Area, Honorable Mention All-State, and was East Kentwood Team MVP. His team also made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. “My Football “IQ” is extremely high, I have great hands and feet, and I leverage my strength to my advantage,” said Keenoy.

John has been working hard this off-season and plans to attend several junior days. “I have been working to improve my strength, quickness, and flexibility. I lift 4 days a week with our strength coach, and speed train 2 days with our track team,” said Keenoy.

John is thankful that four Division 1 schools have offered him, but he is still pushing himself. “I am always striving to achieve more. I try not to ever put a ceiling on anything I do. I also like to prove people wrong when someone tells me something is impossible,” said Keenoy.

Keenoy would like to pursue a Business related degree when he goes to college. He would then like to be a college football coach, or work in Athletic Administration.

John Jr. has a lot of opportunities and will continue to look to his father for guidance on and off the field.