Less than two weeks after receiving an official scholarship offer from the Cincinnati Bearcats, Travis Kelce decided he wants to wear the "C" paw on the side of his college helmet and spurned offers from Kansas, Pitt and a host of Mid-American Conference schools. Bearcat Insider asked the 6' 6" quarterback about the reason for his verbal commitment to UC. "The deciding factor was they are going to let me play football and basketball there."
Travis attended a Cincinnati basketball camp this summer and said he spoke with Coach Cronin at that time, but his more recent conversations were with Coach Goggin, UC's basketball recruiting coordinator. "From what Coach Goggin told me, he's very interested and excited about me." Travis already holds a basketball offer from Akron.
The newest Bearcat continued his explanation, "I asked if I could play both sports. Coach Molnar (UC assistant football coach) called me back and said that wouldn't be a problem as long as I keep my eligibility up. He said they wouldn't want me to be the twelfth man on the bench, but as long as I'm contributing, they didn't have a problem with it." Travis said he expected to get one to two years in order to prove his basketball ability.
Cleveland Heights finished its football season with a 3-7 record, but Travis may have saved his best performance of the season for Friday night's game against a playoff bound Mentor club. "I had three passing touchdowns, two rushing, and I ran for about 230 yards." The Tigers lost to Mentor (7-2) by a 66-35 score.
Current Bearcat offensive lineman Jason Kelce is the older brother of Travis and was consulted about the decision. Travis is looking forward to again having his brother as a teammate. "My brother was a factor in this. I played a little bit with him as a freshman but not enough to really know what I was doing. I was supposed to start as a sophomore, but my grades slipped so I couldn't play. He (Jason) was bummed out about that, but now I get another chance to be with him."
The sibling rivalry between the boys could get interesting at times. "We would play in the backyard, and I got smacked around once in a while, but it never got to the point where I was laying on the ground crying." Driveway basketball games got even more intense. "It got to the point where I just stopped playing against him because he would foul me all the time. Somebody was going to get hurt." Jason is several inches shorter than Travis and played hockey at Cleveland Heights.
Kelce's verbal commitment means the Bearcats now have nineteen for their 2008 football recruiting class.
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