Cats add to class

Arizona has been on a roll in recruiting. The past few weeks have seen the Wildcats stockpile a number of in-state offensive players. Now the momentum swings the other way as the Wildcats pull in a Texas linebacker with gaudy numbers. They may have landed another offensive lineman as well.

Denton, Texas' Xavier Kelly committed to the Wildcats Monday afternoon despite not having visited the school.

"I hear Arizona is beautiful," Kelly said. "I know enough about it. I've been through Arizona a few times."

Kelly will officially visit on September 17th, a busy weekend for Wildcat recruiting. A number of players will be in town to watch the Wisconsin game, including the ‘DeSoto Four'.

Kelly decided to commit, in part to get the process over with.

"I wanted to get the pressure off," he said. "I just wanted to get it over with. I just wanted to foucus on my senior year."

He chose the Wildcats over Nebraska and says that he is a firm commitment and will not make any other visits.

Obviously the Stoops name carries a lot of weight with defensive players and Kelly was no different.

"I liked Coach Stoops," Kelly explained. "He's a good guy. He seems like he'd be good to play for."

He had ridiculous numbers as a junior. He was just shy of 100 tackles, with well over 30 of those going for a loss. Add 17 sacks to that and it sounds as if Kelly was a one-man wrecking crew.

Many projected the 5-11, 190 pounder as a safety at the next level, but Kelly, who also played defensive end, claims the UA coaches want him as a linebacker.

"I'm going to move to inside linebacker with my team this year, but the coaches want me to play outside linebacker when I get there,"

Kelly has a load of potential. He's got 4.5 speed and an obvious nose for the ball.

"The coaches say if I get there and work hard I could be leading the Pac-10 in tackles."

According to sources close to the recruitment, Garland, TX OL Blake Kerley committed to the Wildcats. We could not reach Kerley to confirm the reports.

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