Keynel McZeal only knows one speed: Fast.
The three-star tight end/receiver prospect burst onto the scene as a sophomore and quickly established a presence as an emerging talent, earning District 22-5A Co-Newcomer of the Year honors with Port Neches-Groves (Texas) High School. In 2015, the injury bug bit, forcing McZeal to miss the majority of his junior season.
“I had dislocated my wrist and damaged a bunch of nerves in my hand,” he told SEC Country. “That wasn’t the first injury I’ve had, I’m pretty good at bouncing back from them. I didn’t have therapy; everything I did was just kind of on my own. They just told me to slow it down and not speed into the game. I didn’t like that too much.”
Playing since the age of four, competing at anything less than 100 percent was less than ideal for McZeal, who believes his best assets are his quick feet, coupled with his large frame.
“There’s not many people my size able to run as fast as I do,” the 6-foot-3, 224-pound athlete said.
Opposing defenses have had a difficult time proving him wrong. McZeal’s footwork and size enable him to create initial separation at the line of scrimmage before his speed leaves corners in the dust. He has displayed his ability to dance around defenders in the return game while also bulldozing linebackers at the line of scrimmage.
McZeal, who became the 10th prospect to pledge for Texas A&M’s 2017 recruiting class, indicated the Aggies “want [him] to play at tight end,” but that receiver is also a realistic option.
“I’ll probably be playing tight end and receiver. I can pretty much play anywhere,” he said.
First recruited by Jim Turner, McZeal credits the Aggies’ new offensive line coach for spreading his name around amongst the rest of the staff.
As for his jersey number at PN-G, McZeal rocks the No. 11, only because his top choice was unavailable.
“I like No. 1 but they don’t give that out on our team,” he said. “Eleven was the closest I could get to it. Two number one’s so I went with that.”