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National Signing Day: 3-star defensive tackle Shontrail Key commits to Arizona

The big defensiive tackle lands with the Wildcats

DT signee Shontrail Key while on his official visit to Arizona February 2020.
Photo via @FashionTrail1 on Twitter

The Arizona Wildcats added a big, powerful defensive tackle from Chicago on Wednesday in 3-star Shontrail Key.

Read on for Key’s profile.


Height/Weight: 6-foot-7, 250 pounds

High School: Morgan Park High School

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Ranking: No. 1,713 overall, No. 128 defensive tackle, No. 32 player in Illinois

Star Rating: 3-star (247Sports Composite), 3-star (247Sports), 3-star (Rivals)

2019 Stats: Unknown

Career Stats: Unknown

Other Offers: Illinois, Southern Illinois

Brandon’s Thoughts: Key is another former basketball player who has recently started playing football. And I think the he found his calling.

Much like Paris Shand, he is raw and will need some work. He has inconsistent pad level and will need to work on using his hands better. But don’t let that fool you. He has immense potential.

He has fantastic size and can easily add more muscle and still keep the speed he already possesses.

Key is already a strong individual and the more he hits the weight room, the better. I really like his ability to make his way through the opposing offensive line and take on blocks. He does have a knack to shed blocks and get into the backfield to make plays.

Once he is able to refine his technique, play with consistent pad level, and add muscle mass, Key is going to be even more dangerous.

Gabe’s Thoughts: I just watched his film and knew nothing about him prior to writing this. Immediately on film I saw he was a raw athlete and Brandon’s background knowledge confirms this for me.

Absolutely huge frame, has some good strength and just needs some time developing. Not only is he raw but I think he can be used in a lot of different ways on the defensive line. Depending on how the staff fills out his frame, he could be used in packages where he plays 0-3 tech or move a little outside to the 5 tech.

I think he’s appropriately ranked in the 1,700 range. At this point in the cycle you have to take all the big bodies that have upside.

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