BREAKING: In-state DT Tim Keenan commits to Alabama – 247Sports

Another week, another new Alabama football commitment, this time in-state defensive tackle Tim Keenan joining the fold. The Birmingham (Ala.) Ramsay standout pledged to the Crimson Tide on Saturday morning over Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, and UAB. Keenan is the fourth defensive lineman to join the class, joining forces with fellow in-stater Anquin Barnes, along with five-star defensive tackle Damon Payne and four-star defensive end Monkell Goodwine.

“They say Bama is like a business, but it’s family, too,” Keenan told BamaOnLine earlier this year. “I’m real familiar with Alabama going up there so much. So I know pretty much know everything and where everything is. The only thing I haven’t done is played for Bama and go to school there.”

The familiarity with the program can’t go understated when it comes to what went into securing his commitment. Keenan has been on campus in Tuscaloosa roughly three dozen times throughout the recruiting process.

His area recruiter Karl Scott, as well as defensive line coach Freddie Roach, played big roles in Keenan feeling comfortable with his decision. As did Nick Saban of course.

“They keep telling me, ‘You know you’re going to come here’ pretty much,” Keenan said earlier this summer laughing. “But it’s always good when I talk to them. They tell me I’m high on their list. I’ve talked to Coach Saban four times throughout this whole pandemic. He’s just checking up on me, making sure everything is going well, what’s going on with the practices, and what’s going to happen in the future, things like that.

“Me and Coach Roach we go back to youth camp, and he was there with Coach (Bo) Davis. They would tell us to stay behind the line. It was a little joke. Me and Coach Roach, we go back.”

Keenan joins an impressive in-state class thus far the UA staff has assembled. Other Tide pledges that call the Yellowhammer State home include four-star linebackers Deontae Lawson and Ian Jackson, as well as the aforementioned Barnes.

At 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, Keenan is rated the No. 22 defensive tackle and the No. 362 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Last season Keenan amassed 43 tackles, including 21 tackles for a loss and eight sacks. 

Here is 247Sports’ evaluation of Keenan, via national director of scouting Barton Simmons:

“Wide, stout defensive tackle with limited height and length. Conditioning and body structure will be a focus at the college level. Predictably hard to move. Shows some good hand quickness when he wants to penetrate. Re-establishes the line of scrimmage consistently in high school. Appears to play with good effort for a bigger lineman. Commands attention on the interior. Sees through blockers to the football. Lack of length allows blockers to get into his body. Short area burst doesn’t flash. Very limited in terms of scheme and position. More development and conditioning could unveil a much more explosive athlete. Currently an early down defensive lineman at the Power Five level that needs college development to tap into NFL upside.”

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