Recruiting 2018: Kelley Decides to Improve

Tulsa Union defensive lineman Jordan Kelley is not only improving, but he is getting bigger and very likely could wind up a defensive tackle in college rather than a defensive end.

Tulsa Union defensive lineman Jordan Kelley said he went to a summer camp at OU and realized something, he wasn't very good. Kelley said his work at the camp caused him to rethink his attitude and it made him determined to get in better shape and get better on the football field.

"I sucked," Kelley told Go Pokes at The Opening Regional in Frisco, Texas sounding like Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon with his slogan of "Try Not to Suck". "I decided I had to get better, so I went back and I lifted and I worked harder and I had a junior season that got me noticed."

Kelley finished the state championship campaign with 58 tackles and six sacks. He also had a fumble recovery and that was up from his sophomore season numbers of 24 tackles and two fumbles recovered. No sacks that sophomore season. 

Kelley measured 6-3, 293 pounds and he worked with the tackles at Nike's The Opening Regional at the Ford Center at the Star, the Dallas Cowboys new headquarters. He had a 5.24 forty, 4.63 in the 5-10-5 shuttle, a 35-foot powerball, and a 30.1-inch vertical. The numbers lead you to believe that he will be a defensive tackle this season and going forward.

Honestly, I feel that will be good for him and I think it improves his chances for success. He has offers from Oklahoma State and rival OU, Tulsa, Iowa State, Kansas, Memphis, and TCU. 


GoPokes Top Stories