"We ran through different drills and stuff," said Kelsch, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive line prospect at Kenosha Tremper High School. "It went pretty good…
Kelsch is the No. 4-ranked class of 2007 prospect in the state of Wisconsin, according to BadgerStatePreps.com. The players ranked ahead of him include St. Francis offensive tackle Josh Oglesby (Wisconsin verbal) and Racine Park running back John Clay, two of the top-ranked players in the nation regardless of the position, and Platteville athlete Louis Nzegwu, who recently received a Wisconsin scholarship offer. Kelsch is ranked ahead of Oak Creek standout Victor Reynolds and Wisconsin verbal commit Nick Toon.
Kelsch, though, has not yet received a scholarship offer from any of the programs that are recruiting him. He is receiving interest from Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. He received phone calls in May from Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Northern Illinois.
Asked if any programs have discussed a scholarship offer with him, Kelsch responded: "A few schools. I just have to wait for my grades. They were waiting to check on my grades, but my grades are up now."
Kelsch said he has a cumulative 2.3 grade-point average. "I got a 19 on the ACT," he said. "I'm retaking it though."
Wisconsin tight ends coach Bob Bostad is recruiting Kelsch. His message to Kelsch? "Just work hard, get my grades up, study and stuff," Kelsch said.
Kelsch was named an all-state defensive end after both his sophomore and junior seasons at Tremper. He could play end or defensive tackle in college. Last winter he also received some interest as a potential collegiate fullback — he plays some fullback and tight end at Tremper — but he said schools are now focusing on him playing defensive line.
Kelsch attended the Scout.com combines in San Antonio and Iowa City and the Nike Training Camp at Ohio State. In San Antonio he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.62. He also recorded 20 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press and a 31-inch vertical jump. In Iowa City he ran a 5.13 40, 4.69 shuttle, an 8.00 3-cone and broad jumped 8-7.
So far the Wisconsin camp is the only one Kelsch has attended this summer. He hopes to visit Indiana in July.