Buffs still in the mix for Kelley

Think Colorado is done recruiting defensive linemen with eight already pledged to sign with the program next month? Not so fast. CU remains in hot pursuit of at least two more prospects on the defensive line and should learn soon if the class of pass rushers and run stoppers will expand to nine or 10. Get inside for more.

Kyle Kelley, a standout defensive end from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif., could make a decision on his future early next week after he visits Arizona this weekend and meets the new coaching staff there.

Kelley committed to Arizona during the summer when the previous coaching staff was still in place. He has been re-evaluating his options since the school made the change, hiring former West Virginia and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.

Kelley visited CU in early December and said he liked the program and the coaching staff in Boulder. Coach Jon Embree has a well-timed in-home visit scheduled with Kelley on Monday night after Kelley returns from Arizona.

The CU coach should have a good idea where the Buffs stand with Kelley after that meeting. Kelley is expected to decide between CU, Arizona and Oklahoma, another program he visited in December.

Kelley is rated a high-level three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 43 overall. He produced nearly 90 tackles in both his junior and senior seasons and boasted 22 sacks as a senior.

In addition to Kelley, CU continues to recruit Ewing Simmons, a defensive end from St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif. Simmons is scheduled to visit CU Jan. 20. Sources inside the CU program has said if both players are willing to commit to the program, CU coaches would accept the pledges.

Why is Colorado accepting so many commitments from defensive linemen in this cycle? Well, the program is depleted in that area of the depth chart first and foremost, but there are several academic question marks in the group of commitments. So it makes sense for CU coaches to sign a higher number, thinking they might lose one or two to either NCAA or school academic requirements.

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