Brett Kean looks to build on banner season


Brett Kean looks to build on banner season

When he moved from one powerhouse prep program – University High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to another – Lakewood St. Edward in the Cleveland area, Brett Kean wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. “It was kind of tough at first but everyone here (St. Edward) really embraced me,” Kean said. “That made it a lot easier.”

Stepping right in as the starting quarterback for St. Edward, which won the Ohio state championship in 2010, Kean led the Eagles to an 11-2 record as a junior this past season. St. Edward finished the year ranked in the Top 15 nationally in most polls.

“We had a really good year, but we didn’t do what we wanted to do,” Kean said. “We wanted to win the state title. But we have a lot of key guys coming back, a lot of skill positions guys coming back. We should be strong again next season.”

For as great as the Eagles were last season, they fell short in the Division I state semifinal game, losing to Mentor in a 41-38 thriller. Kean was outstanding in the game, completing 22 of 44 passes for 343 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pound QB finished his first season with the Eagles with 180 completions in 300 attempts for 2,810 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also rushed for 11 scores.

“The last game of the regular season (5 TD passes vs. Eastern Christian Academy) was really big for me,” Kean said. “We had to throw the ball a lot that game and it really showed that we can throw the ball a lot and still be successful. And throughout the whole playoffs, we threw the ball a lot more. In the Mentor game, I threw the ball more than I did in all of the other games. It was a good game for me but in the end it wasn’t what we wanted.”

Kean is looking to bring home the state championship trophy as a senior this upcoming season. “That’s our goal,” he said. “We play a really tough schedule and we’re just going to try to win every game.”

Multiple college offers

On the strength of his standout junior season, Kean has been very busy this winter on the college recruiting front. Four Mid-American Conference schools – Akron, Toledo, Ohio and Western Michigan – have already extended scholarship offers. Kean is also drawing interest from Northwestern, TCU and several other schools.

“It’s always been a dream to play college football,” Kean said. “I like it a lot, but me and my teammates are trying to focus on the upcoming season. You try to enjoy the whole process because it only happens once, but you have to try to stay focused for the season. I’m trying to find the best fit for me. I’d like to commit before the season. Most of the coaches want the quarterbacks to commit before the season just so they can build around them. So that’s definitely why I’m looking to commit before the season starts.”

Kean started playing football when he was 7 years old, and he started training with NFA and Coach Will Hewlett when he was in sixth grade. “From the very beginning, I really liked playing quarterback a lot,” Kean said. “And I always wanted to play college football ever since I started. I’ve been training with Will and I started doing NFA camps after that. They definitely helped. They helped me with my upper body mechanics a lot.”

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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