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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."