Chandler QB Mikey Keene Commits to UCF

For the second straight class, the UCF Knights have come into Arizona and found a top quarterback.

Desert Vista quarterback Parker Navarro signed with the Knights last year, and 2021 Chandler signal-caller Mikey Keene committed to UCF on Friday.

“(UCF) is getting a guy that has the three ingredients that can make you great: You have to think, you have to throw and you have to lead. He’s got all three of those,” Chandler head coach Rick Garretson said. 

“They have had a lot of success quarterbacks just like him and I think it’s a real win-win situation.”

Keene is coming off his first year starting for the Wolves and completed 72.8% of his passes for 2,835 yards, 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Oh, he also holds a 4.53 GPA.

The quarterback was able to distribute the ball to the Wolves’ plethora of playmakers and continue the program’s long history of top quarterbacks.

“He understands the idea of doing his job and getting his people the ball, whether that be the run game, whether that be the pass game and running the offense,” Garretson said.

“He accepted all those responsibilities, and you have to as a quarterback at Chandler. Sometimes that can be a heavy burden, but he went out and did something that none of the other quarterbacks did and that was go undefeated and won an Open Division championship.”

In addition to UCF, Keene holds offers from NAU, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico, Yale, Nevada, Hawaii, Penn, Harvard, Western Kentucky, Columbia, Tulane, San Jose State, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State and Eastern Michigan. 

Keene will look to help lead the Wolves to a repeat performance and another Open Division Championship in 2020.