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Liam Coen eyes in-state star receiver Dane Key as one of his first recruits

Coen is not wasting time building his offense.

Dane Key Larry Vaught

Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator, Liam Coen, has finally transitioned to his new role in Lexington now that the St. Louis Rams are out of the NFL playoffs.

It seems that Coen has hit the ground running on the recruiting trail, and one of his first contacts was in-star receiver Dane Key.

Key is a four-star recruit in the 2022 class, and he already holds offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Penn State, and Texas in addition to Kentucky. He is a star at Frederick Douglas high school and is projected as the No. 2 player in Kentucky and the No. 31 wide receiver in the 2022 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Key spoke to about his recruitment, specifically what he is hearing from Coach Coen.

“I liked him and he seemed to really like me a lot,” Key said of Coen. “He just wanted me to know I am the top receiver that they wanted and they want me to come be a program-changer because they need a big, outside receiver to help their offense out.”

At 6-2, 170 pounds, Key is already bigger than many of Kentucky’s top targets in recent years. He fits the mold for Coen’s offense, and obviously it would be a great start to get the Lexington native to stay and play at home.

Read more about Key’s recent interview with Rivals here, and stay tuned to A Sea of Blue for all recruiting updates pertaining to Kentucky’s football program.

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