TIGERS LAND PRIZED DEFENSIVE END PROSPECT
|| By FITSNEWS || The national recruiting prowess of Clemson University’s football program was on display again this week when four-star defensive end Xavier Kelly – who de-committed from Kansas State University back in March – gave his verbal commitment to the Tigers.
Kelly – a 6-foot-5, 255-pound weak side defensive lineman – picked Clemson from a list of eight schools that included national powerhouses Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma and Oregon.
In addition to his size, Kelly is blazing fast – running the forty-yard dash in 4.55 seconds (a.k.a. Jadeveon Clowney speed).
Kelly had originally planned to announce his choice of colleges in January, but an aggressive recruiting effort by Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables sold him on the Tigers. It probably wasn’t a hard sell either given the tremendous success enjoyed at Clemson by last year’s ACC defensive player of the year Vic Beasley, a consensus All-American taken by the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall selection in the 2015 NFL draft.
Clemson recorded another top ten national recruiting class in 2015 – the latest in a string of solid classes from head coach Dabo Swinney and his staff. Looks like the 2016 class is going to be every bit as good.
What of the Tigers’ in-state rivals down the road in Columbia, S.C.?