Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 AT 2:22 PM / Updated at 3:54 PM
Recruiting: Junior college DE Joe Keels flips from Wisconsin to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

The junior-college train keeps on chugging for Nebraska football.

Tuesday, the Huskers picked up ther fourth junior college commit and its second JUCO defensive lineman in Highland (Kan.) Community College end Joe Keels. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder had been committed to Wisconsin since October. But a late-season visit to NU — and relentless recruiting from defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski — changed his mind.

Keels is a high three-star/low four-star prospect. He’s the 18th commit overall in NU’s class. Highland’s coach, Ryan Held, is a former walk-on who lettered at Nebraska. 247 Sports ranks at the No. 16 overall JUCO prospect and the No. 5 defensive tackle. Keels is big enough to slide to an interior tackle spot if necessary, but he can also play a big base end, much like current Husker Greg McMullen does. Keels had offers from West Virginia, Ohio State and Alabama, among other schools.

Here’s Keels’ most recent highlight film.

About Sam McKewon

Sam McKewon covers Nebraska football for The World-Herald. Got a tip, question or rant? Good. Email him at And follow him on Twitter at @swmckewonOWH. And call him at 402.219.3790.