'20 CO DT - Aidan Keanaaina (Verbal Offer)

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    6'3''|322lbs|DT
    MULLEN
    BRIGHTON, CO

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    HOMEWARD BOUND

    Ohio State welcomed Denver J.K. Mullen four-star defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina to campus for the first time last Tuesday. It was his last stop on his nationwide tour that included trips to BYU, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and Wisconsin.

    “My visit was fantastic,” Keanaaina — pronounced key-ah-nah-ah-ee-nah — told Eleven Warriors. “I really enjoyed it and it truly impressed me. Many things did, but a big one was the competition — not just on the field, but everywhere. You are always competing in the class room, weight room and film room, and the coaches are constantly grading you.”

    The 6-foot-3, 292-pound Keanaaina, who is considered the 25th-best defensive tackle and No. 306 prospect overall in the Class of 2020, was actually born in Northwest Ohio. His mother is a doctor and was doing he residency in Oregon, but they moved when he was 18 months old because she was offered a job in Colorado.

    Back in the Buckeye State for the first time since, Keanaaina and his mother spent time with Meyer, defensive line coach Larry Johnson and running backs coach/area recruiter Tony Alford, who extended a scholarship offer back in May. They also toured campus, Ohio Stadium and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

    “We saw pretty much everything, he said. “I didn’t realize how big the campus was.”

    Johnson, in particular, made quite the impression on Keanaaina, and it had very little to do with his ability to mold players into first-round draft picks.

    “Honestly, he is different than other coaches,” Keanaaina said. “He is very calm and relaxed. He never curses and barely yells at all. It’s a new style, but I like it. He talked about things I did well on the field and thinks I could improve. Then would show drills to improve those things.”

    Meyer also garnered rave reviews from Keanaaina, even with all of the turmoil and uncertainty surrounding his future at the helm of the program.

    “He seems like a very passionate coach that truly cares for his players and the school,” he said. “He strives to be the best and that’s why I like him.”

    In addition to the programs mentioned above, Keanaaina also holds offers from California, Colorado State, Kansas State, Penn State, Utah and Virginia. He has no timeline for a decision, but Ohio State finds itself in a great position early in the process.

    “I don’t have a specific order, but Ohio State is high on my list,” Keanaaina said, noting he plans to get back to campus for a game this fall.
     
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    Aidan Keanaaina spends the weekend at Ohio State

    At the end of July, 4-star defensive tackle Aidan Keanaaina visited Ohio State for the first time. His father, Stacey, played at Colorado State with Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford, a relationship that has put Ohio State in a good position early in the recruitment of the 6-foot-3, 300-pound 2020 prospect from Denver. That’s the background of his return visit to Ohio State this past weekend.

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    Ohio State 2020 defensive tackle target Aidan Keanaaina during his visit to the school on Nov. 2, 2018. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

    “I had a good time,” Keanaaina said. “I liked the intensity of the game. I know Ohio State is competitive already but the game was intense and great to watch.”

    The country’s 29th-ranked 2020 defensive tackle spent a lot of time on Sunday with Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

    “Sunday I was able to talk with Coach Johnson more. We talked about my past season and what the future looks like for me,” he told Lettermen Row. “He said that I have the potential to be a great athlete and need to take the right steps to become one. They see me working into their 1-technique position, and I like that.”

    Keanaaina believes he’ll next return to Ohio State for an official visit next spring, but he isn’t yet close to any kind of college decision.

    “I probably will be back in the spring for an official,” he said.”I’m seeing new things about schools I haven’t seen before. Some are good, and some aren’t as good. I don’t believe I’m anywhere near a decision, but the process has begun and the countdown begins.”

    Notre Dame currently has 100-percent of the crystal ball predictions for Keanaaina. He’s been to South Bend twice in the last three months as well.
     
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