University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has worked his old roots in Gainesville, Fla., for yet another recruit.
Strong and his staff picked up a commitment on Monday morning from Gainesville, Fla., High School linebacker Keith Kelsey. He's the son of former University of Florida linebacker Keith Kelsey, who graduated in 1999, still lives in Gainesville and has a strong bond with coach Strong.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Kelsey, who was a member of the Florida Class 6-A first-team All-State squad as a senior, picked the Cardinals over Kentucky and South Florida and is the 14th verbal commitment in the Class of 2013.
"I talked to coach Strong a lot, I talked to (U of L linebackers) coach Brian (Jean-Mary) too, the linebacker coach," Kelsey told Scout.com recently. "They were just telling me that I have an opportunity to come in and play right away.
It's very exciting, I want to play, I don't want to be red-shirted. I want to come in my freshman year and play – that's one of my goals."
Kelsey helped lead Gainesville to a runner-up spot in the 6-A state finals. The Hurricanes finished 14-1 and lost to Miami Central in the title game.
Fox SportsNEXT national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg called Kelsey a very "underrated player" following the state finals.
Newberg wrote: "He moves well laterally and downhill. Kelsey is aggressive and physical. He finished with double-digit tackles even though the Hurricanes were outmanned from the start."
Kelsey finished his high school career with a sensational senior season. He recorded 193 tackles, including 6.5 sacks sacks, five forced fumbles and two blocked field goals.