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Xavier Kelly commits to Kansas State University

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Back in November of 2015 Xavier Kelly became Kansas State's first commitment for the 2016 class.

Hopefully Xavier Kelly can play similar to another East High Alum, Arthur Brown.
Hopefully Xavier Kelly can play similar to another East High Alum, Arthur Brown.
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Quietly in November of 2014, Xavier Kelly of East High School in Wichita committed to Kansas State, and became the first player in their 2016 recruiting class.

Kelly, a 6'5" 250 lbs defensive end, is ranked as a four-star prospect by 247sports, while Rivals has Kelly listed as a three star. Both services have him ranked as the second best player in Kansas behind Isaiah Simmons, a safety out of Olathe, KS. 247sports composite ranking has him marked at .8889, which would have placed him as the best player of the 2015 class.

Currently, his offers include: Texas Tech, Nebraska and as of today, Oregon.

From the very first highlight on his hudl.com video, Kelly shows his freak athleticism, blowing past the lineman, throwing off the running-back with his shoulder and then chasing down the quarterback from behind. Then at the 48 second mark, Kelly throws down a monster reverse dunk. In more than one highlight you can see Kelly play the zone-read perfectly, as he reads the hand off and makes the tackle on either the running back or quarterback. Clearly, Kelly already has the athleticism to play at a Big 12 level. Oh, and did I mention he's only a junior in these highlights?

With another year still to go before he sets foot on a college campus, I fully expect Kelly to improve his strength and skill at the defensive end position and could see him as a contributor as a true freshman.