One of the top two-way players in the nation, Michael Keenan comes to Nebraska from Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo.
Keenan is expected to play linebacker at Nebraska, but produced huge numbers as a running back for Coach Keith Ross at Oak Park.
As a senior, Keenan rushed for 1,908 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. Defensively, he racked up 86 tackles and had three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles to lead Oak Park to a 7-3 record in Class 6A (state's largest). For his efforts, Keenan received the Simone Award as the best player in the Kansas City metro area. He was also a first-team all-state pick by nearly every source in the state of Missouri and was a first-team all-metro selection by the Kansas City Star.
During his junior campaign, Keenan rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns, and made about 80 tackles from his linebacker position, including five sacks and six forced fumbles. His play in 2002 earned him first-team all-state and all-conference honors. Keenan also started for Oak Park at linebacker as a sophomore, helping his team to a berth in the 6A state playoffs. He earned Oak Park's Offensive MVP honor each of his final two seasons. Keenan was one of three members of the Husker recruiting class who participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January in San Antonio.
Keenan was ranked as the nation's eighth-best inside linebacker prospect by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, while Rivals.com listed him as the No. 16 outside linebacker prospect in the country. Rivals.com also ranked him as the No. 9 overall recruit in the state of Missouri and listed him among its Midlands Sweet 66. SuperPrep ranks Keenan as the No. 37 prospect in the Midlands Region, and he was also tabbed an All-Midlands pick by PrepStar.
Keenan has also earned three letters in track, running sprints and competing in the high jump for Oak Park. Keenan chose Nebraska over Kansas and Kansas State. Keenan was born on Feb. 9, 1986, and lives in Kansas City with his grandmother, Marylse Keenan.