Wake Forest Football Recruiting: Kentucky Wildcats offer Keith Kelsey


2013 three-star outside linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. added another SEC offer to his list yesterday when the Kentucky Wildcats decided to extend the Gainesville standout an offer. Kelsey has official visits lined up to USF and Louisville this weekend, and both team are viewed as the most likely landing spots for the prized recruit. Kentucky is now in a good position to land Kelsey, and both the Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons are also involved. Kelsey has interest in South Carolina, but it is unclear if the interest is mutual.

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With plenty of offers after another elite season, Kelsey is starting to move closer to a four-star ranking. While he isn’t a four-star prospect, he is a high-end three-star one and one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Florida. Kelsey was once on the Florida Gators radar after taking a visit there and attending junior day, and Florida State and UCF are two other major in-state programs to have shown interest.

At this point in time, it seems like Keith Kelsey will be going to Louisville or USF with the Bulls being the most likely destination point. They have already received several visits from the linebacker recruit who is regraded as one of the top 50 OLBs in the 2013 recruiting class. At inside linebacker, Kelsey is also rightfully viewed as a solid prospect per the position.

It will be interesting to see if Wake Forest can make a final charge to land Kelsey, and he would undoubtedly be a huge get for them. They have done a solid job recruiting high-line three-star prospect in the talent-rich areas of Florida (well, the whole state is rich in talent). Duke and Iowa State were once high on Kelsey’s list, but it doesn’t seem like they are involved in his recruitment any more.

Watch for South Carolina as well, because if they are the latest SEC school to put in an offer then they will vault themselves even higher than Kentucky did by extending an offer towards the Gainesville tackling-machine.

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