Over the weekend, Missouri offer and 2016 DE prospect Xavier Kelly 6’5” 241 Wichita (KS) East was on campus at Missouri for an unofficial visit. Afterwards, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his Missouri visit, as well as his impression of and interest in Missouri.
“It was a great visit,” said Kelly, speaking of his unofficial visit to Missouri. “They have great coaches. And they have great players. I like how they put their D-linemen in the NFL.”
Kelly said that he and his family spent several hours at Missouri on Saturday. He said that they were able to visit with Defensive Line Coach Craig Kuligowski and Missouri Assistant Coach Andy Hill.
“Missouri’s not too far from my home, only about four to five hours away,” said Kelly. “Coach Kool was telling me about all the defensive ends they’ve had that are in the NFL. And he talked about how I could be one of them if I come to Missouri. And he said that with my size and everything that I could really be a factor.”
Kelly currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, among others, in addition to Missouri.
Kelly played on East’s Class 6A state championship basketball team. He reported a personal best of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, along with a 32” standing vertical jump, a 4.4-second 5-10-5 shuttle, and a bench press maximum of 300 pounds.
Kelly said that he was favorably impressed with his visit to Missouri.
“Missouri definitely moved up,” said Kelly. “It was kind of eye-popping! I really didn’t expect how nice the facilities are.”
Kelly said that his father was impressed with Missouri.
“He loved it!” said Kelly, speaking of the impression Missouri had made on his father. “As far as the academic program and the football program, he loved it! We’re going to be back for a game.”
Kelly said that he likes Missouri. He explained that he’s only taken 5 unofficial visits so far, and that he intends to visit “all the rest of the schools” this summer, after which he’ll narrow things down.
Kelly still plans to announce his decision at the Army All-America Game.