Every week Desmond Kelly gets to see someone in red and black.
First it was Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson and defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen who met Kelly at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College and extended him a scholarship offer.
That was followed up the past two weeks with visits from Cauthen and defensive line coach Brian Early.
“They know how to make some feel wanted,’’ he said. “It feels great.”
Kelly (6-foot-1, 290 pounds) is a key target for the Red Wolves and will visit Jonesboro this weekend, his first trip to the school and to the state.
“I’m looking forward to it,’’ he said “I plan on it being fun.”
The Red Wolves along with UNC Charlotte and Eastern Michigan are the schools he visited. Northern Illinois offered on Wednesday to bring his scholarship offers list to 12.
“I wanna go down there and see what it is about,’’ he said. “I’m very interested in Arkansas State. I like they way they play defense.
“I watched some of the bowl game (a 31-13 victory over Central Florida in the Cure Bowl) and I followed the team because I have some teammates there.”
Antwon Turnage, Kyle Martin, Justin McInnis and Christian Booker will all be on the Red Wolves roster next season and all played for the Conquistadors.
“I talked with Antwon when they offered me,’’ said Kelly. “He likes it there and he will be my host this weekend.”
The Red Wolves are still trying to fill in some holes on the defensive front left by the loss of Waylon Roberson, Darrius Rosser and Jake Swalley.
“Right now my plans are to sign on signing day,’’ he said. “I need to narrow down my choices soon then pick the right one.”
Kelly played high school ball at Baltimore Overlea. He did not play his first season at Dodge City and as a sophomore made 31 tackles, more than a third of them for losses. He had 4.5 sacks.