Now that his time with the Los Angeles Rams has come to a close, Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen is hitting the ground running on the recruiting trail.
One of Coen’s first key targets? 2022 four-star wide receiver and in-state standout Dane Key.
Key, a consensus four-star prospect and ranked as high as No. 191 in the junior class by ESPN, currently holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, among others. He first earned his offer from UK back on Aug. 31, 2019.
And after taking over as the program’s offensive coordinator and getting settled in Lexington, Coen called Key to let him know he’s Kentucky’s top priority at receiver in the class of 2022.
“(Wednesday) was my first time actually getting to talk to him,” Key said of Coen, via Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com. “He was talking about the new offense he is going to run. We didn’t really get in too much depth. We just wanted to reach out to each other and start a relationship.
“I liked him and he seemed to really like me a lot. He just wanted me to know I am the top receiver that they wanted and they want me to come be a program-changer because they need a big, outside receiver to help their offense out.”
Key, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect out of Lexington’s Frederick Douglass High School, is listed as the No. 16 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN, No. 31 at his position by 247Sports and No. 40 at his position by Rivals.
Earlier this month, Key’s father, Donte, joined Kentucky Sports Radio to discuss his son’s recruitment, singling out UK as a school on the list.
“I’ve had a chance to talk to the coaching staff over there and we had a really good conversation and I respect what they’ve done and the type of players that they’re getting,” Key told KSR. “So I’ll tell you that Kentucky is on the list.”
At the end of the day, the four-star standout will take his time and sign with the program he deems the best fit both on and off the field.
“At this time he is just weighing all the options that he has, he has some really good schools, Kentucky is one of those… He’s got really good options and we need to see where the best fit for him is,” Key told KSR. “Sometimes you see these kids in the transfer portal, which I hate. I taught both my boys, where you’re at, you’re going to be at, and that’s why we’re going to take our time and make a decision on where he’s going to go.”
Check out the Kentucky target’s junior highlights below: