The Rhode Island Rams have received a signed letter of intent today from middle linebacker Charlie McKeeman. His decision was first announced via URI football’s official Twitter account.
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McKeeman hails from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, so his campus visit was a mere trip down the road. McKeeman is a current senior at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He played both offense and defense for the Spartans this season, and excelled in both. McKeeman began his senior season as the team’s starting running back, but later switched to quarterback. Overall, he accounted for 1,427 total yards and 12 of the Spartans 16 touchdowns on the season. On defense, McKeeman notched 131 tackles and an interception at the middle linebacker spot. Where will he play for the Rams next season? It remains to be seen.
McKeeman had initially committed to Bryant last summer, but switched over his verbal a mere week ago, passing the bad news along to the Bulldogs and committing to Rhody. Assumption College had also offered, and McKeeman saw additional interest from both Sacred Heart and Bentley. But there’s some history with the Rams as both of his parents attended URI, and his father played center for Rhody from 1977-80. From ESPN Boston:
“I’m excited obviously, I grew up watching games at URI and always said I wanna play there, it’s where watched my first football game,” said McKeeman, who first saw the Rams take on Hofstra as an eight-year-old.
Rhody should be excited to have him. Based on his versatility in high school, he seems to be a heck of an athlete. It will definitely be interesting to see how Joe Trainer uses him. If McKeeman can help the Rams get pressure on a few opposing QBs, it could be a big help for the rest of the URI defense. Or, if he opts to use him on offense, McKeeman’s athleticism will certainly come into play, no matter where he’s slotted.
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