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Gilman OL Stewart Keehner commits to Georgetown

Gilman center Stewart Keehner has committed to play football for Georgetown, bringing to six the number of Greyhounds who have committed to Division I programs this summer. He is the fourth offensive lineman.

For Keehner, a 3.7 GPA student who plans to major in business, academics played the biggest role in his decision to commit Thursday to the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school. He also seriously considered Cornell, Lafayette and Princeton.

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"Georgetown for me was the academic fit with their business school," said Keehner, who is interested in finance. "All the academics are great and when I visited I could see myself going there."

Keehner enjoyed the Georgetown football camp this summer and said he liked the coaches, the campus and the close proximity to home as well as the tone of the football program.

"I like the offensive line coach, coach (Brian) Miller," he said. "And I really loved how they run their program on a  Men for Others foundation. It was very similar to how coach (Biff) Poggi runs the Gilman program and I really enjoyed that."

Keehner, 6-feet-5, 275 pounds, drew a lot of interest from college coaches this spring after a successful junior season.

"He grew four inches between his sophomore and junior years and put on probably 45 pounds. It was crazy," Gilman assistant coach Henry Russell said. "He was a surprise for us last season. He came out of nowhere. He's extremely hard working and he does a great job making a lot of the calls on the line, calling out the defensive fronts."

Although he doesn't get much attention outside the team, Keehner said he likes the center position, which is where he will play at Georgetown.

"I like being in control of the line," Keehner said. "I like taking the lead and even though there's not much glory or credit given, it still feels good to be able to control that line and get to work very closely with all the offensive linemen."

Keehner joins offensive line teammates Devery Hamilton (Michigan), Stephen Spanellis (Virginia) and Wes Mehl (Navy) in making his commitment. Defensive tackle Ellison Jordan (Penn State) and running back Korey Stevens (Villanova) also committed this summer.

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Poggi said the Greyhounds, who are ranked No. 24 in the MaxPreps' preseason National Computer Rankings, have never had so many players commit during the summer. The Greyhounds may have more seniors headed to Division I programs than they've ever had in one class, Russell said.

"I really wanted to commit early," Keehner said, " so I could go back to camp with no worries and I could be a better leader. That burden, I guess, was off my shoulders. And I can also focus on school too and all my school work because everything was already set."

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