Once the offer was made, the countdown was on. Wasn’t a question about if Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive lineman Jordan Kelley was going to commit to Oklahoma but when.
The when was Sunday afternoon, and OU has its first defensive tackle for the 2018 class and definitely not the last major boom at the position.
Defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux, now in his second year in Norman, has certainly found his footing on the trail and has been able to pinpoint the top targets a lot earlier than during the 2017 cycle.
Kelley wasn’t originally one of them, but his play as a junior for the Redskins opened the eyes of Thibodeaux to give Kelley another look.
It’s hard to judge or evaluate Kelley in camp settings like The Opening regional or the Under Armour camp because Kelley is really someone who sets himself apart when the pads come on.
He’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, and he’s someone who has put on the weight in a major way in the last couple of years. Giving all credit to his grandmother’s cooking, Kelley went from a tight end to a defensive lineman rather quickly.
Kelley has a nice first step off the ball, and he has shown to be physical at the point of attack. He is someone who should thrive in OU’s 4-3 front going forward and another sign of why it was so important for the Sooners to move to a 4-3 versus the 3-4.
Kelley isn’t going to be your rah-rah guy on the recruiting trail. The spotlight is not something he craves or desires, but he is someone that is going to work hard behind the scenes and someone you’re not going to have to question a month or two before signing day.
The addition of Kelley gives OU two from Tulsa Union for the 2018 class, and Kelley and Patrick Fields just happen to be the best of friends.
The Sooners goal every year is to lock down the best of the best from within the state. Kelley and Fields do that, and it’s safe to say Kelley and Fields will do their best to make sure the rest of them stay home in Norman as well.