Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Getting to know J.J. Keels
By Brian Stumpf ESPN RISE
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Already holding scholarship offers from Duke and Florida International, Florida Air Academy (Melbourne, Fla.) running back J.J. Keels entered Saturday's Nike Combine in Orlando not as a sleeper, but as a known-commodity looking to improve his stock.
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And improve he did. Keels, who ran for 1,817 yards and 23 TDs as a junior, busted out a 4.51 second 40-yard dash in poor conditions on his way to posting the event's top SPARQ Rating of 106.29. That number ranks seventh in the nation so far this year and puts him in a good position to qualify for the SPARQ Rating National Championship later this summer in Beaverton, Ore. Now get to know him a little better in this ESPN RISE "Getting to Know" series.
Born: November 20,1991 Favorite TV show: Family Guy What's in my iPod: Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane iPhone or Blackberry: iPhone 3G S Mac or PC: Mac Dream car: BMW M3 Dream date: Jamie Kaplan Dream college: N/A Favorite vacation spot: Miami Favorite meal: Pork chops and mixed vegetables Favorite movie: Hangover Favorite sports team: Cavs What I'm reading: Meat Market by Bruce Feldman On my bedroom walls: Nothing other than motivational quotes One thing I'd grab from my burning house: PS3 Worst habit: Staring, don't try to but can't help it Most embarrassing moment: Went up for a dunk on a fastbreak during a basketball game and the ball bounced off the back of the rim and flew to half court.
Love to trade places for a day with: Reggie Bush My heroes: My grandfather and uncle Talent I'd most like to have: Be able to stop time Favorite athlete to watch: Reggie Bush Pregame ritual: Read quote that has been in the back of my helmet since 8th grade Best player ever competed against: Jamie Harper Goal for next season: Districts and States Biggest rival: North Florida Christian Best advice from a coach: Coach Woodall - "J.J. in order to be successful you have to be willing to put out the work. You can't succeed until you're willing to fail."