RECRUITING: OU in the mix for top Texas WR

Longview, Texas wide receiver Malcolm Kelly names a top three and talks about his interest in OU.


Malcolm Kelly is without question the No. 1 wide receiver in Texas, and that automatically makes him one of the top wide receivers in the country.

Blessed with tremendous size and speed, Kelly has been clocked at 4.43 on his good days and that is plenty fast for a man that weighs more than 200 pounds. Kelly will be a three-year starter at wide receiver. He caught 19 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore and 26 passes for 826 yards at 30.6 yards-per-catch and six touchdowns last season.

"My strong point is going downfield to catch passes, "said Kelly. "Once I get going I am very hard to stop. If teams let me get my momentum and catch passes downfield then I am not going to be stopped. I can jump up and make a lot of plays in the air and I am not afraid to go over the middle. I need to work on running my routes, but I am working hard in this area and I am going to be better this year."

Kelly didn't attend any camps last year, but he did go to junior days at Texas and LSU.

"I am not going to go to any camps this year either," said Kelly. "I am just going to stay at home and train and work on my game with my teammates. I went to the LSU junior day two weeks ago and I hope to visit OU sometime in the near future."

Kelly can bench 225 pounds and he has not done a squat since injuring his back heading into his sophomore year. Kelly has a 38-inch vertical jump. Kelly has been offered by nine schools at this point and that list is sure to grow.

"Right now I would have to say that I am leaning towards LSU, but I could be saying that because I just got back from there," said Kelly. "On my visit Coach (Nick) Saban brought me into his office with seven other guys in to see him personally, and he told me then that he really wanted me to sign with them. That really impressed me and that is why right now I like them quite a bit.

"My top three schools LSU, Texas and OU. I like OU a lot right now, because they throw the football a bunch and they will need receivers after this year. Texas is close to home and I grew up always wanting to go to Texas. They recruited five wide receivers last year, but that doesn't bother me. Wherever you go you are going to have competition, so I can't let how many wide receivers they have bother me."

Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Houston, Iowa, Nebraska, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee are the schools that have offered Kelly at this time.

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