Crazy rumors flow like a river through the Rivers household. If it’s not a favorite for five-star linebacker Keith Rivers, then it’s a heavy leaning, and if it’s not a heavy leaning, then it’s a move to Pennsylvania.
A move to Pennsylvania?
That’s right, the 6-foot-4, 214-pound linebacker from Lake Mary, Fla., left to spend four days in Los Angeles, and apparently, some rumor millers let their imagination get the best of them.
“No, that’s not true at all,” Rivers said when asked if he’s moving to Pennsylvania to play his senior season.
“I’ve had people asking me that today, and I don’t know where it is coming from. I leave for four days and I come back, and I hear that our family is moving to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I don’t even know where that is, or why we would possibly move there. I have no idea where that rumor came from.”
As it is, Rivers actually just returned to his home in Lake Mary from his unofficial visit to the USC summer camp. Rivers has admitted in the past that USC looks strong in the early part of this recruiting battle, and his visit left a definite good impression.
“It was great, awesome,” he said. “I had a great time.
“I loved it. The campus was nice. We got to look around a bit, even tough it was mainly just about playing football. I really like the architecture. A lot of it was in an older style, and it was all kept up nicely.”
Rivers was not on hand just to look around and be a celebrity. He was in Los Angeles working tirelessly on his game. He was named the camp’s MVP, and over the course of the camp, his fame grew.
The scariest news of all though, is that Rivers thinks that he got better, as if he was not already good enough.
“I felt that I got better as a ballplayer,” Rivers said. “We worked in a lot of one on one drills, and I think I improved in my pass drops and things like that. At first, I don’t know if people recognized me, but by the end of the camp, a lot of the younger players were always asking me questions. They wanted to know if I was going to school (at USC).”
There was one more rumor following Rivers this weekend. Some reports had him touring Norman, Okla. This rumor also turned out to be false.
“I couldn’t get my ticket changed in the end,” he said. “I think I’ll make it out there some time in July, but if I don’t, then I’ll definitely use one of my official visits there.”
As for those wondering where Rivers will go to school, they’ll just have to wait, and keep their ear to the ground. Even though some rumors were quieted this evening, more are sure to spring up in their place.