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Collin Keoshian commits to Illinois State

Glendale Community College running back commits to Division I-AA program after earning all-conference honors.

December 20, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former BYU Cougar Collin Keoshian rushed for 1,265 yards in 236 carries for Glendale Community College this season.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former BYU Cougar Collin Keoshian rushed… (Photo by Mike Mullen )

Collin Keoshian found a comfort level at Glendale Community College. In looking to reach the next level, Keoshian wanted to attend a university that could offer him a similar environment to flourish.

Keoshian, who rushed for 1,265 yards in 236 carries this past season, found the ideal mix when he signed with Illinois State, an NCAA Division I-AA school.

“I went there a couple of weeks ago and I loved the coaches and what they had to say,” said the 240-pound Keoshian, who earned All-Pacific Conference American Division first-team honors after scoring 11 rushing touchdowns in nine games for the Vaqueros (2-8, 0-7 in the division). “I asked them questions and they gave me the right answers, like telling me I would get my share of carries and catch some passes.

“[Former Glendale college football player] Sam Campbell goes there and he said it’s an incredible place to play and be.”

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Keoshian, who averaged 140.6 yards per game, said he received a call from Tennessee late Thursday. However, Keoshian said he has no plans to decommit from Illinois State.

“It’s an honor to get a call from Tennessee,” said Keoshian, who had 12 total touchdowns for the Vaqueros. “I wanted to keep my word with Illinois State because I feel character is something that’s important.

“If other schools wanted me, then they would have called me last week or earlier.”

Illinois State enjoyed a successful campaign last season, finishing 9-4 and 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Redhawks advanced to the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, losing to Eastern Washington.

Glendale college Coach John Rome said Keoshian, who transferred to Glendale from College of the Canyons after redshirting at Brigham Young University in 2010, found a suitable program for the next two seasons.

“It’s the best fit for him and we are proud of him,” said Rome, who added Keoshian needed to complete an associate’s degree in order to get back to a Division I school. “He will go there and represent Glendale college and get a good education.

“He was a very pleasant surprise for us this year and he had an absolutely outstanding year. He was consistent with everything he did. He got better every week.”

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