The Notre Dame football team lost a key member of its 2023 recruiting class on Wednesday.
Five-star edge-rusher Keon Keeley announced on Twitter that he has decommitted from the Fighting Irish, signaling a reopening of his recruitment.
Keeley is listed as the No. 1 edge and No. 7 overall player in 247Sports' composite rankings. He had originally committed to Notre Dame in June 2021.
A 6'6", 242-pound recruit out of Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Florida, Keeley is sure to garner interest from other programs. 247Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins describes Keeley as "a larger-framed pass-rusher that's best football still appears to be well ahead of him" and added the youngster "has what it takes to eventually emerge as an impact player for a College Football Playoff contender and a possible Day 1 selection in the NFL draft."
As a junior in 2021, Keeley recorded 65 tackles (35 for loss), 16.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hits in 13 games. He helped lead Berkley Prep to district and regional titles as well as an appearance in Florida’s 3A state title game.
Per ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, Keeley had taken a visit to Alabama in July and he "previously entertained offers" from Ohio State and Florida, which he visited in March.
Even after Keeley's decommitment, 247Sports ranks Notre Dame's 2023 recruiting class third in the nation. The class is headlined by 5-star safety Peyton Bowen. He will also be joined by No. 4 offensive tackle Charles Jagusah and No. 6 linebacker Drayk Bowen.