Keegan Cryder was ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 19 overall recruit in the state of Colorado in the 2017 recruiting class. Cryder earned Honorable Mention All-State Class 4A from the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANow.com), ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps. The teams were selected by Colorado head coaches from across the state. He played both offensive tackle and defensive end at Dakota Ridge High School. He is projected as an offensive tackle at Wyoming. Cryder helped lead his Dakota Ridge High team to a 6-4 overall record and a 4-1 conference mark, finishing second in the Plains League. He played for head coach Ron Woitalewicz.