There were a number of highly regarded senior recruits in Lincoln this past weekend. Xavier Kelly, a junior defensive end/tight end from Wichita (Kans.) East, stood out among the other recruits. Kelly is hearing from some of the best schools in the area.
”I have been getting letters and invited to some games by Nebraska,” Kelly said. “I am getting some interest from some Big 12 teams and an SEC team as well. I have heard from Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri.”
This was Kelly's first visit to Nebraska. He got there with enough time before the game to take a tour. Kelly saw things on the campus and then also saw some of the football related facilities as well.
”This weekend was my first time in Nebraska. I got there about 9:00 on Saturday morning. I saw the campus, saw all of their facilities, saw the weight room and the stadium before the game.”
Kelly comes back to the tunnel though and coming out before the players. Kelly said that he really felt like he was part of the team at the moment and when he was on the field he heard a crowd unlike any other crowd he'd heard before.
”That was amazing. I felt like I was one of the players coming out of the tunnel and right out onto the field. I have never heard anything like that before.”
When you see Kelly you see a long, athletic frame at 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds and he's also a great athlete who runs a 4.7/40. He thinks that Nebraska likes him on defense and the Huskers have a great specimen to sell Kelly a defensive end on.
”I am not for sure where Nebraska likes me the most. I play both tight end and defensive end. I have a feeling that they like me at defensive end most likely.
”I like the fit of Nebraska’s defense for me. Randy Gregory plays fast and he’s quick getting off on the ball. They double-teamed and held him all day. I don’t remember it ever being called either.”
Kelly is a two-sport standout, basketball and football, and while his football film is very good some of his basketball film is equally fun to watch..
”I play both football and basketball. We made it to the playoffs in football and play this Friday night. We have basketball tryouts in the middle of the month and our first games will be around the start of December.”
Signing a letter of intent is a year and a half away for Kelly, but he's given some thought to his college decision. He knows what he's looking for in a school and really values the academic side of the decision.
”I want to go to a school where I fit in the program, has my major and is good academically. I think that education is more important than sports when it comes to my college decision.”