Class of 2015 four-star Atlanta (Ga.) Hapeville Charter defensive end Arden Key is less than two weeks away from his June 10 decision date. But he's not so much worried about recruiting as he is about continuing his recovery from a foot injury that has sidelined him for most of the offseason.
"I'll be out for three more weeks and then after that I can start rehabbing," he said. "It's been frustrating not being able to do camps and stuff but I've been working on my upper body and core. I'm up to 228 pounds. My goal is to get to 240 by the time I leave high school."
Earlier this year Key released a final five schools that included LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon and South Carolina and said narrowing his list only boosted his recruitment.
"Since I put out my top five a lot more coaches have been trying to talk to me," the 6-foot-6, 228-pound Key said. "I talk to almost every school in the ACC or SEC at least one time a week."
Key said the schools that are talking to him to most include Georgia, Ole Miss and LSU but that South Carolina has kept up the full-court press on the one-time commitment.
"We've gotten closer actually since I've decommitted," Key said of the Gamecocks. "Me and Coach Ward talk almost every day. Me and Coach Adams talk once a week. I think things have gotten stronger between us."
Key's close friend and former high school teammate Wesley Green signed with the Gamecocks back in February and Key said the two remain in touch.
"We're really close and we talk about playing together again almost every day," Key said. "He wants me to come up there and be a part of what they're trying to do."
Key had a visit scheduled over the weekend for LSU and will visit Ole Miss June 6-7 with plans to visit South Carolina on June 13.
LSU remains an intriguing option for Key, mainly because of the Tigers tradition of developing NFL-caliber defensive linemen.
"They really compare me to KeKe Mingo," Key said. "They say I have more athleticism than he did coming out of high school so they think they can use me in that role."