LOWELL -- Tyngsboro High's Chuckie Keenan on Wednesday capped his stirring high school football comeback by signing a letter of intent to play at Bryant University, a Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision progam.

Keenan last fall rushed for more than 1,500 yards, scored 24 touchdowns, and was a dominant defensive back for 10-2 Tyngsboro after missing most of his junior football season with a fractured left foot that required three surgeries. The healing process was complicated by an infection that, for a while, raised concerns Keenan might lose the foot.

Now he is off to play Division 1 football.

"I'm happy for him," said Tyngsboro coach Jim Tansey. "They took a lot of interest in him. They're giving him some money. It's a 1A program. He's going to be a strong safety. That's what they project him at."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Keenan, who also a standout basketball and baseball player for Tyngsboro, ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash during a football camp last summer.

Meanwhile, several other prominent local football stars are still weighing their options.

They include Lowell quarterback Cam Latta, Lowell Catholic quarterback Adam Wentzel (WPI, Tufts, Brown or Catholic University), and Billerica wide receiver Matt Clifford and defensive tackle Chad DellaPorta. North Middlesex running back Brandon Lambert has narrowed his choice between WPI or Norwich.

Burlington's all-time leading rusher, Marcus Odiah, will choose between Merrimack and Assumption.


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Odiah rushed for 3,672 yards in his BHS career. One of Odiah's teammates, Anthony Cruz, will take his talents to prep school, according to Burlington AD Ed Gillis.

Where the local football stars are going:

Nick LaSpada, QB-S, Billerica/Taft School, BATES

Justin Mount, WR-DB, Westford, MERRIMACK

Evan Boynton, LB-RB, Concord-Carlisle, AMHERST

Tom Crowley, OG-DE, Concord-Carlisle, MIDDLEBURY

Tom Gregory, OL-DL, Concord-Carlisle/Hotchkiss, TUFTS

Thomas Cotter, OL-DL, Acton-Boxboro, CARLETON

Chuckie Keenan, RB-DB, Tyngsboro, BRYANT

Tom Lafferty, TE-DE, Tyngsboro, FRAMINGHAM ST.

Cal Vail, OL/DL, Lowell, DEAN COLLEGE

Joe Dolciotti, RB/DB, North Middlesex, ST. ANSELM

Sean Kirchner, OG/DT, Central Catholic, MERRIMACK

Ryan Barry, OT/DT, Central Catholic, SAINT ANSELM

Mike Barry, WR/DB, Central Catholic, SAINT ANSELM