The class of 2017 is one of the best for in-state football recruiting in recent years.

Nine players from the state already have at least a three-star rating from, including Chatfield’s Dalton Keene.

Unlike the rest of the three- and four-star recruits, however, Keene doesn’t have a scholarship offer from the Colorado Buffaloes.

“I just haven’t been in contact with them,” Keene said. “I don’t know exactly why. I’m a little bit surprised, but then again I’m not. It doesn’t seem like they’ve been recruiting me that hard like some of these other schools have.”

Keene, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete who projects as a tight end or defensive end in college, has offers from Colorado State, Iowa State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech.

Colorado does have some interest in the Chatfield star, giving him an invitation to last Sunday’s junior day.

“It was awesome,” Keene said. “The facilities were awesome, so I was really impressed by that. I went up there for a game during the season, when they played USC and we got to see the weight room and stuff, but we didn’t really go into an in-depth tour. This was the first time I really got to see the campus also.”

As a junior at Chatfield, Keene was the Chargers’ leading rusher, with 668 yards on 115 carries. He also caught 22 passes for 196 yards. On defense, he led the team with 116 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Keene will participate in track and field this spring, running the 100 meters, 400 meters, high and low hurdles and relays.

While he has no idea where he wants to play collegiately, Keene said he would like to make a decision before his senior season starts in September. He’s hoping by then that Colorado will be in the mix.

“I’m definitely interested (in CU),” he said. “I’d just like to see that these coaches want me there.”

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