English loves visit, puts ISU in top 5

By Chris Williams, Publisher

Dallas A. Maceo Smith lineman Keithen English flew under the radar for a while on the college football recruiting scene. That is no longer the case.

English, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive and defensive lineman, originally committed to Memphis a little over two weeks ago. This past weekend, he was in Ames officially visiting Iowa State.

“The coaches told me that they want a defensive tackle who can move like I can, with quick feet,” English told “They said that if I commit, it would be a great thing.”

English said that Iowa State offered him on Thursday, Oct. 21 and that the Cyclone coaching staff is recruiting him as a defensive tackle. Since then, Kansas, who Iowa State just beat 28-16 on Saturday, has also jumped into the mix with a scholarship offer.

“I committed to Memphis because that was the best school that I had,” English said. “I’ve always wanted to play in the Big 12 or the SEC.”

English did say that he is still committed to Memphis and that he will visit there before the end of the season, along with Kansas and Utah.

“They might offer me on Tuesday,” said English of the Utes.

English also mention Louisiana Tech in his top five.

According to his profile on, English has 29 tackles and two sacks so far in his high school season on the defensive side of the football. He also plays on the offensive line.

CLICK HERE to see English’s profile.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football’s postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines’ top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO.

Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio.

When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.