Woodbridge (CA) outside linebacker Kyle Kelley committed to the Arizona Wildcats at defensive end,…
Kelley Will Explore Options
Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge three-star defensive end Kyle Kelley has been committed to the University of Arizona since early July. "Both times I visited, I came back feeling really comfortable," Kelley told WildcatAuthority.com after initially making the pledge. "It feels pretty good to commit. I feel really comfortable with Arizona, and I feel like I'll really fit in well. It feels good to be an Arizona Wildcat." It's been several months since Kelley made the verbal commitment, and things in Tucson have certainly changed. "I was really sorry to hear about Coach Stoops," Kelley told Scout.com after hearing the news on Monday night. "He's a good guy and I wish him the best. I really hope the assistant coaches do well, get it back together and finish the year off strong." What does the Stoops firing mean for Kelley and the status of his commitment to the Wildcats? "Well since it just happened today, it's still pretty early and I haven't really decided what I'm going to do yet," he explains. "I really like Arizona a lot, but until they hire a new coach and I see where everything stands, I'll probably visit some schools over the next couple of months." Several Pac-12 schools interested in the 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete didn't wait long to get the ball rolling. "I've gotten calls from Colorado and Arizona State tonight," the senior reports. "Those are the schools that I've been hearing from." Do these programs spark Kelley's interest? "Yes; if everything doesn't go well for the Arizona coaches, then yeah," Kelley answers. Colorado and Arizona State will likely receive visits from Kelley as he explores his options. However, Arizona remains in the driver's seat, as there are several factors that could make Kelley stay. "If they finish the year off strong, if they go to a bowl game, or if they hire a new coach and most of the coaches stay. I guess that's about it," he says. "I really like the coaching staff, if they stay, then I'll definitely stay." The defensive end has some suggestions for Greg Byrne when it comes to what he hopes to see in the Wildcats' next head coach. "High intensity and the desire to win," Kelley describes. "For Arizona's program to be one of the top programs, to be a top team in the Pac-12 and a good guy as well."
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