Xavier Kelley has K-State No. 1

Xavier Kelley has K-State No. 1

Kelley, in the same mold as a Josh Buhl, has the Wildcats atop his list, with Texas following in at a close second. This talented, speedy defender also shed some light on a possibly being part of a package deal.

Xavier Kelly has good news for Kansas State fans.

The Denton, Texas linebacker has the Wildcats atop his list of favorites right now, with Texas following in at second.

"I just really like everything about K-State at the moment," he said. "Actually, ever since my camp there this summer, I've had them on top. I just loved the place."

It's because he loved Manhattan so much that he doesn't anticipate another visit there in the fall.

"I've seen everything there," he said. "I don't think I'll visit again because I already know that I like it a lot there."

Kelley, who has 10 offers so far, was offered shortly after his visit to Manhattan in June, along with his teammate, Ishie Oduegwu, who also likes the Cats atop his list at the moment.

"We've talked about going to the same school a lot," he said. "It's something we're planning on doing right now. We both had a good time at K-State. It was good for both of us to experience it together so we know what we'd be getting into."

But in the end, if what happens if one wants to go somewhere the other doesn't?

"If that happens, it happens," he said. "We want to play with each other, but if it doesn't work out, we'll have to move on and do what's best for us individually. It's that simple."

The 6-foot-1 200 pounder says K-State's "go get them" attitude on defense is what has him drawn to the school. The coaches have talked to him about using him at outside linebacker, much like that of the former K-State undersized linebacker Josh Buhl.

"That's exactly it," he said. "People say I am too small to play linebacker, just like what they said about him. I just play like I'm 240, a big giant. I use my speed and quickness as to my strength."

The K-State coaching staff, who has Greg Peterson recruiting Kelly, has told him that he might even have a shot to play as a true freshman, but Kelly isn't sure if that's what he wants.

"I think I want to redshirt to get that extra year of size and knowledge of the system," he said. "I think I could benefit a lot from that extra year in the system."

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