USF commit Brett Kean eyes state title


USF commit Brett Kean eyes state title

As NFA Director of Player Development/Master Coach Will Hewlett was telling the nearly 150 quarterbacks that were invited to the Duel in Massillion, Ohio, last week, playing football is a year-round commitment.
Yes, Hewlett said, you can take breaks at times, but they shouldn’t last more than three weeks. And playing other sports is OK, but football has got to be the top priority.
If you put the time and effort in, good things are likely to follow.
And if you’re looking for the perfect example of hard work being rewarded, Brett Kean is your guy.
Not only did he recently commit to play college football at the University of South Florida, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is poised for his upcoming senior season at St. Edward High School in Cleveland.

Powerhouse prep program

After passing for nearly 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the Eagles to an 11-2 record as a junior last year, Kean can’t wait to get back under center for his final high school fling. In one prep poll, St. Edward enters the 2014 season ranked No. 7 nationally.
“We’re just going to try to win one game at a time,” Kean said. “We have a very hard schedule, so we have to prove we’re the best team in the country.”
A perennial powerhouse program, the Eagles are used to dealing with all of the pressures that come with winning football games.
“We don’t think we have to prove anything to anyone else,” Kean said. “Our motto this year is ‘Us vs. Them.’ We’re going to keep the support within our own program because not too many high schools like us in Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area. We have a very strong tradition and we usually win a lot of games. It’s hard for us to schedule games sometimes.”

South Florida bound

Kean was heavily recruited by multiple colleges, and he didn’t want to be dealing with all of that outside pressure when he has a potential state championship to focus on. That’s why he is thrilled to be committed to South Florida, which plays in the American Athletic Conference.
“After going through everything and seeing what coaching staff I really liked the most, and just all the different variables that I was choosing off of, it came down to a couple of schools,” Kean said. “USF and Miami of Ohio were my final two schools. Both are very good schools and both are coming up soon. I thought USF was more for me and I fell in love with it. USF was everything I wanted and it’s awesome, it’s awesome. It’s really exciting.”
Kean has one strong tie with the USF Bulls. Before transferring to St. Edward, he played at University High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Current USF starting quarterback Mike White also played at University.
While White is coming off a solid season with USF, Kean might be dressing with the varsity as a freshman.
“Their quarterback situation is a little thin down there,” Kean said. “They don’t have too many quarterbacks. I don’t know if they’re planning on redshirting me just because of the lack of quarterbacks they have right now. So it could be a great opportunity to come in and get playing time; get on the field right away. It’s an awesome opportunity.”

NFA roots

Even though he’s been busy mapping out his college future and preparing for his senior season at St. Edward, Kean made it down to the Duel, NFA’s showcase event, last weekend in Massillion, Ohio.
He’s been attending NFA camps since he was in sixth grade and was thrilled to give something back. “It seems like I’ve been working with Will forever,” Kean said. “Just the mechanics of the game, the mental part of the game, NFA has helped me so much. As a quarterback, they’ve helped me develop from a boy into a man. It’s been awesome. And just the connection you make with all of the coaches, you become friends with them. They’ve always been there to help me.”


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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University