Cole Kelley’s last week before arriving on campus will be spent at the beach, but he’ll still be getting some work in.
The three-star quarterback from Lafayette (La.) Teurlings Catholic and Arkansas signee graduated from high school Monday and will be in Destin, Fla., next week.
“I’m going on my senior trip this next week, so I’m going to the beach,” Kelley said. “I’ve got a few guys that are going to go run on the beach and catch for me when I do some drops in the sand.”
Kelley – who passed for nearly 3,000 yards as a senior – will get to Fayetteville on May 28 and move in the following day. His first class is May 31.
He said offensive coordinator Dan Enos and wide receivers coach Michael Smith brought him a playbook last week and he’s been studying it, preparing for his freshman year.
Strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert also gave him a workout plan, which he’s been doing along with his usual football drills.
“It’s definitely harder, but it’s not much harder (than my high school workouts),” Kelley said. “It’s about the same type of things, just a little more. The weight I lift has increased, but it’s the same legs and core type stuff my high school strength coordinator helped with a lot, getting me ready.”
While he’ll be preparing physically – whether in the weight room or on the beach – Kelley said he can’t wait to get to campus and get the mental aspect of things.
He will learn from Austin Allen, who head coach Bret Bielema named the starting quarterback during spring practice.
“I’m going to try to be a sponge,” Kelley said. “I want to learn as much as I possibly can from everybody around me that’s been there, done that, especially Austin.
“He’s the guy I was with when I took my official (visit) and he seems like he knows what he’s doing.”