Kelley solid with Wildcats

Kyle Kelley took an official visit to Arizona this past weekend to see the new coaching staff up close. What did he think? How will he fit in? Read on for more.

It was an exciting 72 hours for Kyle Kelley this past weekend, as he spent Friday through Sunday in Tucson on an official visit and was named a Parade All-American as well on Sunday, an honor he was humbled to receive.

"Being a Parade All-American feels great, I was really surprised by it actually," Kelley said. "I didn't know they thought of me as that good. I feel really honored to be selected to the team, it's a great feeling."

As for his official visit, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end prospect enjoyed his time getting to know new head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff.

"The visit was great," Kelley said. "I got a chance to meet the new defensive staff and I really like them all, especially coach (Jeff) Casteel and coach (Bill) Kirelawich. Obviously meeting Rich Rodriguez was great, all of the coaches I really liked. I just had a good time out there. I've already been out there three times and this was my fourth time. I just had a really good time on campus and I really enjoyed the campus.

"I'd say my favorite part was getting to meet the coaches and getting a feel for them and watching some video on how their defense is run and how they use their defensive ends, that was important."

The nation's 43rd best defensive end had a chance to sit down with newly hired defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and discuss his future role in the program and how well he would fit into Arizona's new 3-3-5 defense.

"Coach Casteel is a great guy," Kelley said. "He seems like he knows his defensive scheme and how to run a good defense with that 3-3-5. He's a really good guy.

"They said they see me as an edge defensive end kind of guy on the open side of the field. I think I fit in pretty well. Coach Casteel seems like he knows how to use his players in a really good way and use their talents well. I think I can be useful in pass rush situations and I think I fit pretty well."

Following his visit to Arizona, the three-star program reached out to Oklahoma and Colorado and cancelled his in-home visits with the school and will sign with the Wildcats on Signing Day.

"I told Colorado and Oklahoma I'm 100 percent committed to Arizona," Kelley said. "I decided that after meeting the defensive coaches and seeing how they would use me; my whole thing was just meeting the new coaches and seeing how they wanted to use me in their scheme because I was still committed to Arizona.

"Just meeting the coaches, coach Rodriguez is great and especially the defensive line coach, coach Kirelawich, he's really nice. It was just being around the campus one more time, I felt really comfortable there and I wanted to spend four of five years there."


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