Keller on the rise


Newburgh Indiana quarterback Dayne Keller is on the rise.
Keller, a QBA/NFA participant for the past four years, has just been ranked as the 69th best player in the country by Youth 1.
The 13-year-old Keller has been playing organized football since first grade.
His father, Andy Keller, was also a quarterback and he played college football at Morehead State.
Even when son Dayne was playing flag football as a first grader, Andy spotted natural ability.
“It was actually obvious that even when he was playing flag football, he could throw a football, throw spirals, at a high level,” Andy Keller said. “He’s always kind of had that knack.”
At Castle South Middle School last season, Dayne Keller passed for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games.
He is back for one more year at Castle South before moving on to Castle High School in Newburgh, which is located close to Evansville.
Projected to grow to 6-foot-4, Keller is gaining national attention along with ideal size for a QB.
“It’s a very humbling experience for me,” Keller said. “Just to know that my name is out there and I am being considered a good quarterback is something that I am proud of. But I have to keep working to get better.”
Along with natural ability, Keller’s work ethic and experience with QBA/NFA has put him on a very fast track. He has high goals to match.
Staying in the present, he’s focused on his upcoming eighth grade season.
“For my last year of middle school, I want to lead my team to the conference championship,” Keller said.
And when he moves on to Castle High School?
“I want to lead the team to a state championship,” Keller said. “I am going to work as hard as I can to make that happen.”
In addition to playing football, Keller is a standout in basketball. Considering he lives in Indiana, that is hardly a surprise.
He also plays baseball, but Keller doesn’t hesitate when asked which sport he prefers.
“I just love the game of football, and I love playing with my teammates,” he said.
Keller already has amazing arm strength and the mobility to keep a play alive.
As for being a finished product at quarterback, Keller is well aware of what needs work.
“It’s probably just being more vocal,” he said. “Being more of a classroom leader and more of an on-field leader. I want to make sure my team is prepared when we’re in the huddle.”
A straight-A student, Keller wants to continue his football career after he graduates from high school, and he’d like to land at a college known for academics.
“Hopefully, I can play football at a good college where I can get a good education,” Keller said. “I want to be able to honor my teammates and my family and just have a lot of fun playing football.”