Kelley sees Buffs as solid option

Colorado already has two commitments from defensive linemen in the 2012 class and it continues to recruit numerous prospects there staying true to coach Jon Embree's philosophy that "you can never have too many D-linemen." One the program's top targets visited the program for Junior Day and the spring game. Get inside for more.

Kyle Kelley, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound playmaker from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif., is being recruited as a defensive end at Colorado.

Kelley got his first look at the program and the campus over the weekend and came away saying the Buffs are solidly in the conversation when it comes to choosing where he will go to college.

Kelley has no shortage in options. He has received five new offers in the past month and is up to nine now.

"Coach Embree seems like he's really got a great plan with the program," Kelley said. "It seems like he's really going to turn it around. He looks like he really has a plan for academics for the student-athletes. He has a really good coaching staff. It was cool to meet coach (Kanavis)McGhee and coach Tui (Mike Tuiasosopo). They were great. I really liked them and I had a great time there."

Kelley made 88 tackles, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, two blocked field goals and a blocked punt during a standout junior season that is definitely getting him noticed now.

He holds offers from Colorado, Arizona State, Florida, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Northern Illinois, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

Kelley plans to visit Arizona State later this month and Washington at the end of the month. He said he hopes to visit all the programs that have offered him scholarships before making a decision, but that might be difficult. He said he would like to make a decision before his senior season begins in the fall.

Kelley said one philosophy the Colorado coaching staff espouses really stuck with him.

"They say they play the best player, which I like a lot, knowing that the best player is in no matter if they're a returning starter or anything," Kelley said. "I really like them. Their personalities are great. I got a good feeling from them."

Kelley said he will study business in college and he is attracted to CU because of its solid academic reputation as well.

"Definitely, Colorado is one of the choices," he said.

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