Freshman wide receiver Keenan Garber (1) played in exactly one game last season, in his hometown of Lawrence, so he was able to retain his redshirt. | Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images
In which BracketCat counts down the final day before the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Keenan Garber.
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Redshirt Freshman | 5-11 | 167 lbs. | Lawrence, Kansas
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Third-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Keenan Jae Garber (b. July 22, 2000) is a very promising young wide receiver who brings speed, but also a little height to the position. He is majoring in business administration.
Garber played in one game in 2019 — seeing action against his “hometown university,” Kansas — as he preserved his redshirt. He seems primed for more playing time in 2020.
A three-year letter-winner for Free State High School in Lawrence under coach Bob Lisher, Garber helped the Firebirds to earn a 10-1 record and league championship each season.
He was named an ESPN 300 recruit, the 23rd-best athlete in the nation and the third-best player in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2019 by ESPN. Rivals and 247Sports each ranked him as the fourth-best player in the state.
Garber was named a first-team all-state performer by The Topeka Capital-Journal, The Wichita Eagle and Kansas Football Coaches Association in 2018, and also was named to the USA TODAY Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team as a defensive back.
USA Today described Garber as a “Swiss Army knife player — play him anywhere on offense, just get him the ball” and indicated he had a chance to play early with his athleticism.
He earned honorable mention accolades from The Wichita Eagle in 2017 and was a 2018 Otis Taylor Award finalist as the most outstanding wide receiver in the Kansas City area.
Garber also was named a 2018 first-team All-Simone performer as one of the top prep players in the Kansas City area after he carded 814 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, while also recording four interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns.
He was selected to play in the 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl and was a high school teammate of current Kansas State fullback Jax Dineen, who did not redshirt in 2019.
Garber selected K-State over offers from Illinois State, Indiana State, Kansas, Missouri State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Tulane, Western Illinois and Wyoming, plus interest from Wisconsin.
His primary recruiter was former offensive coordinator Andre Coleman. Ironically, much of his current coaching staff came here from North Dakota State and Wyoming, two schools Garber also was considering.