Kelly sets Irish visit

Several programs will get the chance to impress three-star defensive end Xavier Kelly in June. Kelly has 10 unofficial visits lined up that month, including a swing through the Midwest for stops at Notre Dame and Michigan.

Xavier Kelly won’t sleep much in his own bed during June.

Starting with a trip to Nebraska on June 6, Kelly plans to visit 10 programs that month, travelling with his father and brother. His mom will make some trips as well. Needless to say, it’ll be an important piece to the recruiting puzzle for the defensive end from Wichita, Kan.

“They’re all schools that I’m really interested in,” Kelly said. “We’re gonna try to fit Oregon in between those but that’s not for sure yet. But all the schools I have an interest in.”

Other programs on the schedule include Arkansas (June 7), Oklahoma State (June 8), TCU (June 9), Notre Dame (June 10), Michigan (June 13), Clemson (June 19), Miami (June 20), Alabama (June 26) and Ole Miss (June 27).

Kelly also plans to visit Nebraska this weekend for its spring game.

All those programs have offered scholarships along with Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon and Texas Tech.

Kelly was previously committed to Kansas State.

“I’m excited about really all of them but the ones that really pop out are Alabama and Notre Dame,” Kelly said. “That pops out. And Michigan too and Miami.”

Notre Dame offered last month through defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, also the area recruiter. Kelly will visit South Bend and Ann Arbor while in the Detroit for Sound Mind, Sound Body camp.

“I’ve heard Notre Dame has really nice facilities,” he said. “I’m really excited to see that. I like what they have academically too. My dad is from Detroit, so I have a lot of family in Detroit. I’ll get to see them and Michigan is always a big football program too. I’m excited about that.”

Once the 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect wraps up June visits the plan is to narrow things down to a group of five in advance of fall official visits.

Kelly and his family will be looking for specifics on each campus.

“Most important is if I’m comfortable around the environment with the players and if I could really see myself living there for four years,” Kelly said. “If they have a good academic program with the graduation rate, being comfortable with the school.”


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