As an Arkansas quarterback commit from the state of Louisiana and somebody who is a very big young man, Cole Kelley has taken time to crow about the Razorbacks’ 31-14 beat down of LSU in Baton Rouge last month.
“It was great, so great,” Kelley said. “I’ve talked a lot of smack to my friends.”
Kelley (6-7, 250) took his official visit to Arkansas this weekend and had back-up quarterback Austin Allen as his host.
“I had a great host in Austin Allen,” Kelley said. “I got to see a lot of cool things. The campus is amazing, top notch facilities everywhere. I had a blast.”
Kelley, who passed for just under 3,000 yards this season for Lafayette, La., Teurlings Catholic, noted that he and Allen kept it calm.
“It was PG, everything was PG,” Kelley said. “ It was good, clean fun.”
He also noted that the Razorback quarterbacks and their coach seemed to be a fun-loving group, something easier to be when you win five of your last six games to close the regular season.
“I think all of the quarterbacks really are,” Kelley said. “ Coach Enos does, too, he likes to joke around, but when it’s time to get serious, they get serious. It’s a great atmosphere.”
He enjoyed getting to tour the new Jerry and Gene Jones Academic Center and talking offense with Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
“I just kind of learned more details and stuff about the academics, the new Jones Center is awesome,” Kelley said. “I got to sit down and talk to Coach Enos, just a lot of little details.”
He also took a little bit of time to let Springhill, La., North Webster tailback Devin White (6-1, 260) how he would love to have him in a future Arkansas backfield.
“I got to talk to him a little bit,” Kelley said. “He’s a great athlete, but I didn’t talk to him about football that much. I just kind of talked to him about life and stuff. He hears enough about football.”
He loves the wide receivers Arkansas has on campus and the ones that Razorbacks are bringing to work with wideouts coach Michael Smith.
“Coach Smith knows how to recruit,” Kelley said. “He’s got great people coming out of Louisiana and everywhere. I’m excited to throw to some big, athletic guys.”
Kelley was excited to see the way Arkansas’ offense blossomed under Enos in his first year as the Razorback offensive coordinator.
“I committed with a feeling it was going to be like this, talking with Coach Enos and just being able to tell how he does things. He’s very creative. The offense is complex, but once you start to understand it, it’s unstoppable as you can tell. I don’t think Arkansas has put up numbers like this offensively in a good while.”
Kelley will be one of five scholarship quarterbacks expected to be on campus next with Kelley the only one not here in the spring.
“Coach Enos just wants me to work hard and work like I’m going to compete for the starting spot,” Kelley said. “That’s all I can control, and then I’ll let the rest fall into God’s hands.”
Teurlings Catholic went 9-4 this season, losing to St. Thomas More 28-21 in the state playoffs semifinal round to end the campaign.
Kelley completed 199-of-352 passes for the 2,911 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
“I think our team had a good season,” Kelley said. Those are my brothers. We bonded very well this season. Personally, I don’t like the way I played as much. I think I turned the ball over too much.
“I had a lot of yards and touchdowns, but you can’t win games when you turn the ball over that much. I think we had a good season, though.”
Kelley will graduate in May and be enrolled in summer school at Arkansas in June.
“I’m reporting here in June,” Kelley said. “I go to private school and they don’t allow you to graduate early, so I’m just going to graduate in May and come over here in June.”