Getting to know incoming BYU football signee, Ryker Keele (OL/DL, Class of 2021)

Ryker Keele is a BYU football signee for the Class of 2021, signing with the Cougs on December 16, 2020. 

Keele is a 6-foot-2 265 pound lineman that prepped at Morgan High School (Morgan, Utah).  A four-year starter for Morgan, Keele played nearly every position on the offensive line and helped lead his team to a state title (2019) and two years at runner-up (2017, 2020).  He spent some time his senior season on the defensive line as well and recorded five tackles (three solo) and a tackle for loss (MaxPreps).

Off the football field Keele also played for the basketball team his freshman year, wrestled his junior and senior seasons (winning region as a junior and placing second at state as a senior), and threw shot put and discuss on the track team.  He’s also an Eagle scout.

Keele was not rated by 247Sports. He has seen recruiting interest from Utah and Utah State (both offered preferred walk-ons).  He has an LDS mission call to Lima Peru and will join the Cougars for the 2023 season.  His father Ryan Keele played offensive line at BYU (2001-02) and his uncle Eddie Keele also played offensive line for the Cougs (2003-06).

I caught up with Keele to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?

Keele:  BYU is in my blood.  My dad (Ryan Keele) was an offensive lineman for BYU and my uncle Eddie was also a lineman for the Cougars. My cousin Isaiah Perez will play when he returns home from his mission  BYU feels like family. 

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?

Keele:  Utah and Utah State

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?

Keele:  I grew up in Morgan Utah so I’m a country boy.  I love to fish, dirt bike, snowmobile, and boat.

BYU Insider: What are some of your greatest accomplishments in sports?

Keele:  In high school I was a 4-year varsity starter on the MHS football team. I was recognized as a NextGen Freshman All-American, and was a 3 year All-State selection in each of the next 3 seasons.  I was awarded Region offensive MVP for 2020. I was pretty excited about that one as I have never seen a lineman be awarded MVP.  We won the 3A state championship in 2019. In wrestling I was a region champion after only wrestling for one year and I took 2nd at state after my second year. I was also a state placer in the discus and shot put.

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?

Keele:  I have always admired JJ Watt. He is a beast on and off the field.  One of my favorite quotes from his is “dream big, work hard.”

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