Keeler saw playing time in seven of the Rebels’ 12 games in 2022 after he transferred from Rutgers following the 2021 season. A Chicago native, Keeler recorded eight tackles and one sack while also earning academic All-Mountain West honors with a GPA of 3.8. Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano paid tribute to Keeler in a statement in which he described the former three-star prospect as full of passion.View this post on Instagram
Nazareth Academy, where Keeler went to high school, expressed shock at his sudden death.
We love you, Ryan ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qpI1u8UiW5— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) February 21, 2023
Keeler’s Rutgers teammate Jordan Thompson remembered Keeler as a “brother.”
There are no words. Our hearts are heavy. God bless the Keeler family. We love you Ryan. pic.twitter.com/Znro5j75UV— Nazareth Academy Football (@FootballNaz) February 21, 2023
First-year UNLV head coach Barry Odom, who never had the opportunity to coach Keeler in a game, also issued a statement. “We are devastated to have lost a member of our Rebel family,” Odom said. “While I had the honor of knowing Ryan for only a couple of months, he already stood out to our coaching staff as an incredible person, student and teammate. Our condolences and prayers go out to Ryan’s family as we grieve along with them over this tremendous loss.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Great teammate. Better brother. Love you bro fly high🙏🏽♥️ https://t.co/DUpemqPmTU— Jordan Thompson (@jordan_thom14) February 21, 2023