Michael Keck
Michael Keck

RS Senior

Harrisonville, Mo.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 225

Defensive Lineman

Highly-touted in-state prep defensive player who will try his wares at the defensive end position in his second year in the program after taking a redshirt a year ago ... Had a very strong spring practice period, where he moved up from fourth on the depth chart to second at one end position, and he'll begin fall camp listed as the primary backup to veteran Tommy Chavis ... Ended his spring camp by posting a strong Black & Gold Spring Game, as he notched 9 tackles on the day.

An early graduate from high school who enrolled in January at Mizzou and participated in spring drills ... Began his time at Mizzou as a linebacker, and he entered fall camp listed No. 2 on the depth at the weakside position, but an injury early in camp held up his development, and eventually forced him to redshirt ... Following his recovery from the injury, moved down to defensive end, where he was a prep All-American.

One of the most highly-coveted defensive prospects in the region who was an early commit to Mizzou, and who graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled in classes at MU for the 2007 winter semester ... A Parade Magazine All-American who took part in spring drills in 2007 ... Super Prep rated him as the state's No. 1 overall prospect, and also as an All-American who rates as the nation's No. 11 overall weakside linebacker recruit ... Rated by Rivals as the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Missouri, and as the No. 4 weakside defensive end in the nation ... The same outlet also rates him as the nation's No. 62 overall prospect (all positions) ... Ranked by Prep Star as the No. 16 overall prospect (any position) in the Midlands region, and as the nation's No. 26 defensive line prospect in 2007 ... Selected to play in the inaugural All-American Offense-Defense Bowl played in January in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Was an All-State, All-District and All-Conference honoree each of his last 3 seasons ... Had his senior season impacted by a knee injury, but he returned before the end of the year and helped lead his team to an undefeated, 14-0 season and a Class 3 state title ... Harrisonville ran away with the Class 3 title game, in a 56-21 rout over Owensville ... Blocked a punt that was returned by a teammate for a TD in the title game ... Ended the season with 65 tackles, 4 QB sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles, and also scored a defensive TD on a fumble return of 68 yards ... Was a starter for Harrisonville midway through his freshman season, and he helped build a dynasty that saw them win 3 Class 3 state titles (2003, 2005, 2006) and 1 runner-up finish (2004) ... In his 4 years, Harrisonville had a combined record of 53-3 ... Had 148 tackles, 12 QB sacks and 3 forced fumbles as a junior in 2005 as his team went 13-1 and won a state title ... Registered 90 tackles and 8 QB sacks as a sophomore in 2004, and preceded that with 70 tackles and 6 QB sacks as a freshman during a 14-0 state title season in 2003 ... Also starred for his school in the sports of basketball and track and field ... High school coach - Fred Bouchard.

Parents - Bartholomew Keck and Tina Silver ... Grandmother - Charlotte Keck ... Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Colorado, Kansas State and Kansas, among a host of others ... Is interested in studying either education or sports medicine at Mizzou ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Andy Hill.

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