One year of high school football – that is all it took for Tartan senior Randy Keumogne needed to land a Division I offer and a commitment. Not only was it Keumogne first season playing football – after his coaches…
One year of high school football – that is all it took for Tartan senior Randy Keumogne needed to land a Division I offer and a commitment. Not only was it Keumogne first season playing football – after his coaches switched his position – he only had one day to learn his position.
“They started me at outside linebacker, but the day before the first game the coaches decided I would play defensive end,” Keumogne said. “I had one day of practice at defensive end.”
The decision to move to defensive end was a great one.
“The transition wasn’t that difficult,” Keumogne said. At defensive end, I didn’t have as many jobs.”
The decision to play football was even better.
“Everyone wanted me to play and between my sophomore year and junior years I got bigger, so the coaches really wanted me to play,” Keumogne said. “They asked me just to try it out, so I started to work out with them, and I just went for it. I started to like it and decided I was going to play.”
Not knowing the game, it is not surprising to hear what Keumogne thinks his strengths are.
“I think my strength is my speed off the ball. Nine out of ten times it is hard to stop me when I can get off the ball quickly. It is hard for linemen to get their hands on me when I get off the ball fast.”
The senior has always been more of a basketball player than a football player.
“My offseason is basketball and football, but I have concentrated on football stuff this offseason. Around the basketball workouts, we would lift four days a week, and outside of the program, I would usually work on my agility and speed. I play center on the basketball team and am mostly a rebounder.”
Focusing on football, Keumogne concentrated on the basics of defensive line play.
“The thing I need to improve on is shooting my hands when I get off the ball,” northstarfootballnews.com’s 22nd ranked player in the Class of 2020 said. “I got better at shooting my hands, but I need to improve on not getting my chest up and getting my hands up before I get my body up. Other than that, it is working on my reads and learning what offenses are running because football is still new to me. I need to be more than a fast and strong guy off the ball.”
Even though he doesn’t want just to be a fast, strong guy doesn’t mean Keumogne isn’t working out.
“I focus on hang clean and deadlift. They emulate almost every movement you do on a football field. I also do a lot of agility work on the field.”
A big junior season got Keumogne on college football’s radar.
“It has been great meeting with all the coaches and traveling to different places,” the 6’3″ 225-pound lineman said. “It has been fun to see what different programs are about and what they are doing. I got to a lot of camps and had a lot of fun.”
South Dakota State stood out.
“We went to South Dakota State for a three-day team camp,” Keumogne told northstarfootballnews.com. “They felt like family, and I liked how they treated my teammates and me. I really like the campus.”
The Jackrabbits weren’t concerned with Keumogne’s lack of experience.
“Some schools were concerned, but SDSU wasn’t. They like my potential. I don’t think they should be scared, but it is what it is. Some of the schools had different expectations.”
SDSU focused on their new commit’s potential.
“They were impressed by what I could accomplish in one year,” Keumogne said. “They also like my energy, and they like the way I execute on the field and how fast I was able to go through the drills. I was able to get things down fast.”
With the success he has already had after one year of football – Randy Keumogne is going to be getting a lot more things – including ball carriers – down this fall.