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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Keke Chism, WR, Missouri

Angelo State sure-handed receiver Keke Chism recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams. He recently transferred to Missouri.
  • Name: Keke Chism
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Position: WR
  • College: Angelo State University/Mizzou
  • Twitter: @TheJoker_Ke

Tell us about your university/college. What was your major/minor? How is campus life?

I attend Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. One of the main reasons I fell in love with ASU is the atmosphere here. The community and university top to bottom treats each other like family. Everyone here gives endless support and encouragement and has made it a real honor to be a part of such a special university. I majored in Finance. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in two and a half years. Currently, I am finishing up my Master’s Degree in Education, Student Development and Leadership. The campus life at ASU is full of energy, and highly diverse. That’s one of the best things about being here is you get to meet people from all across the country and the world.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates said that my best quality is that I am a perfectionist. I am very detail-oriented. I put endless time and devotion into everything that I am trying to accomplish. I hold myself to such a high standard that it sometimes causes frustration within myself because I am always looking to be perfect in every aspect. I am always looking to find ways to better myself no matter how much success is coming my way. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

The role I see myself in on my team is the leader. I’ve been selected as a captain for the last two years and with that, I learned a lot of responsibility comes with that. My goal is always to give my all to my team and find ways to make us better, whether that is by my actions or words. As far as what scheme fits my skill set, honestly, I feel comfortable in any scheme. We run the Air Raid offense here at Angelo State. I have the ability to run the whole route tree and block in the running game effectively. I love blocking.  Position wise I have played mostly on the outside during my time here but I have been also working on perfecting my craft in the slot because versatility is critical at the next level. To get on the field in the NFL you need to have the ability to do multiple things you cannot be one dimensional. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

The best player I played against was Corey Ballentine my redshirt freshman year. He’s cornerback from Washburn University who got drafted to the New York Giants in 2019. 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

My teammate that impresses me the most is without a doubt Larry Johnson. He plays receiver as well, and what makes him so special in my eyes is the way he has developed his game. When we first came in, he was strictly a return specialist but year by year he has constantly elevated his game to become a better route runner and efficient pass catcher. He has a high motor, he’s a difference maker with the ball in his hands and I know he will have a really good season this year. 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

A time in my life when I was able to overcome a struggle was my sophomore year in high school when I broke my right thumb during basketball season. I’m dominant with my right hand so at first I wasn’t able to do school work or anything so I taught myself how to write left handed, shoot a basketball left handed, and throw a football left handed. It was a pretty cool experience because I am so addicted to achieving goals I am pretty good at using my left to a point now that I feel ambidextrous. Ultimately that helps me on the football field a lot. 

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If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

Basketball without a doubt. I was a first team All-State Point Guard my senior year in high school. Honestly, that was my first love growing up because both of my parents played basketball so I wanted to follow in their footsteps for a little bit. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

Something I am the most proud of is earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in two and a half years. That was a special moment to me because of where I grew up not a lot of people get out and go to college, and if they do they rarely finish. Not only was I able to finish, but I was able to complete it early and work towards a masters. That would have to be my biggest achievement because it shows how committed I am to being the best version of myself on and off the field. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

One of the most memorable plays of my college career would have to be one of the two touchdowns I had this past season versus Midwestern State University. They were ranked #15 in the nation at the time, and we were playing them at home so it was extra lit because we had never beat them during my time here. It was the first drive of the fourth quarter, we were up 14-0 and on the 30 yard line going in. I was singled up on the left side so my Quarterback checked a fade. I drove out hard and immediately ate up the corner’s cushion, gave him an inside knod and stacked over the top. As I looked back for the ball it was slightly under thrown so I adjusted back and jumped over the top of his helmet to make the catch in the endzone for the touchdown. After I scored the crowd went crazy. I had never experienced that kind of energy before it was amazing! I scored again later in the fourth to secure the 28-6 win. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite athlete is Odell Beckham Jr. He is just different. It ain’t even another way I can put it, the dude is special. My favorite NFL team is the New Orlean Saints. I have always liked them because as a kid my favorite player was Reggie Bush, so when they drafted him I immediately became a fan and I have loved them ever since. The player I am modeling my game after is Ceedee Lamb. The reason is he is another animal who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He is a machine, he doesn’t get tired, his footwork is crazy, hands are spectacular, and when there is always a play to be made he makes it. That will be me. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

My favorite music artist is Lil Uzi Vert. He is the goat and honestly nobody can convince me otherwise. But honestly the artist who gets me the most hyped before a game is Stunna 4 Vegas. In my game day playlist I have a lot of his songs because he is always lit. 

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite food is Chipotle, but we don’t have one out here in San Angelo. So I would have to say Whataburger because that is mostly what I eat out here.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

This one is kind of a tie. My favorite movie is Superfly, but also it is The Dark Knight because of Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. I feel like that is one of the greatest performances of all-time, that’s why I like the Joker so much. 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

In my spare time, I am on Call of Duty heavy with some of my friends from back home. Sometimes we are gaming for like 8 hours straight. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

What motivates me is the feeling of being underestimated and being an underdog. Growing up I have always been in someone’s shadow or always counted out or doubted. I love it, I have the drive and confidence within myself that I am capable of achieving whatever I am trying to pursue. It fuels me, it gives me an edge, to go out prove whoever doesn’t believe in me wrong. That is why I work as hard as I do, because I won’t ever give those doubters the satisfaction of being right. 

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