Army Bowl DE lands offer

Three-star defensive end Xavier Kelly didn’t expect recruiting to pick up again so fast after de-committing from Kansas State. But several new programs have reached out, including Notre Dame with a scholarship offer.

Xavier Kelly hadn’t been prepared for how things would change after reopening his recruitment.

Since the three-star defensive end from Wichita, Kan., de-committed from Kansas State the phone has been ringing nonstop. Reporters and college coaches want to check in for the latest with some new scholarship offers materializing.

“It’s been kinda crazy,” Kelly said. “I have a lot of reporters and stuff, I’m doing a lot of interviews. A lot of coaches are making contact. It’s really been crazy.”

Arkansas, Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are among the programs to reach out.

Notre Dame joined Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU and Texas Tech on the offer list. Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore talked with Kelly a couple times in the past week.

“He really didn’t say too much about the school,” Kelly said. “He talked to my head football coach and was just trying to see what kind of person I was and looked at my transcript. They loved my film and just offered.”

Kelly wants to learn more about Notre Dame before putting it among his top choices: Michigan, Oregon and TCU.

“I don’t really know too much about it,” he said. “I’m willing to learn more about them, maybe on a visit.”

Later this summer the 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect hopes to visit Michigan while attending the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Detroit. Other than that no other trips have hit the schedule.

Getting on campuses will be an important step in the process.

“We just want to find a program I feel like I fit in with and they believe in me,” Kelly said. “I want to be surrounded by a lot of good people, good coaches and get a great education where I can get a degree in and be comfortable there.”

Whatever program lands Kelly will get a U.S. Army All-American. He joined the roster earlier this week.

“That’s a blessing,” Kelly said. “As a kid you just dream about going to games like this. To have it come true is just a blessing. I wanna show how good I really am and show them my character and just play as best as I can.”


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