Tulsa defensive tackle Jordan Kelley made his intentions to attend school in Norman public today, after months of rumors and subtle tweets. The talented big man made his decision just moments ago at the Dallas Under Armour All American camp, as he had been planning to do for some time now. It was almost entirely expected that he’d ultimately choose the Sooners, but, even though it wasn’t a surprise, this commitment is still a big one for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma.
— Jordan Kelley (@OGkelley) March 26, 2017
THE KELLEY FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|Jordan Kelley||Tulsa, OK||DT||41||⭐⭐⭐|
Kelley is the second player to pledge his commitment to Oklahoma in the last 24 hours as TJ Pledger chose the Sooners yesterday afternoon, and is the sixth commitment overall. Kelley’s commitment doesn’t move the Sooners in the 247Sports class rankings, but it certainly doesn’t hurt, as Kelley will almost certainly get a bump in the rankings after the summer camp circuit.
The Tulsa Union High School product chose Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Iowa State, and Kansas.
The top players in Oklahoma almost always end up in Norman, and Kelley is no different. The Sooners already have the top player in the state committed in Brey Walker, as well as the ninth best in Patrick Fields. And Fields happens to go to the same high school as Kelley. Looking into the crystal ball, I expect the Sooners to land at least three more of the top ten players in the state.
Kelley is the first defensive lineman to join the 2018 Oklahoma class, but he certainly won’t be the last. Bob Stoops is looking to bring in three or four D-linemen in this recruiting cycle.
Kelley is a pretty prototypical defensive tackle, but there’s a very interesting wrinkle in his game: his athleticism. As defensive tackles go, Kelley has incredible athleticism for his size, and you don’t see 6-foot-3, 290 pound guys who can move like him very often. He’s very raw right now, but he’s strong, and quick. I see two options for Kelley at the next level, he could either add some more muscle, and bulk up to play nose tackle, or get a little leaner, and become a very dangerous edge rusher. I expect the former, but the latter could be way more fun.
I hinted yesterday that this could be a very big weekend for Oklahoma, and I don’t think this is the end of the commitments for Oklahoma today. Make sure to check back in here at LandGrant Gauntlet to stay up to date on the latest in commitment news.