Xavier Kelly’s recruitment saw a meteoric rise in the last month. Blue blood programs like Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame presented him with scholarship offers.
The Wichita (KS) East High defensive end has tried to manage the attention.
"The recruiting process has been kind of crazy. I’ve been getting a lot calls. My phone has been blowing up lately. I’m just trying to continue to stay focused and not let all of it get to my head," the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder said.
Kelly verbally committed to Kansas State in November before re-opening his recruitment March 21. In addition to the top programs mentioned above, he’s hauled in offers from Nebraska, Arkansas, Clemson, Ole Miss, Indiana, Miami, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
Iowa offered on Sunday.
"It was kind of random. I’d never had any contact with the coaches or anything. They just decided to offer," Kelly said.
"(Assistant) Seth Wallace (messaged) me on Twitter and told me to call him. I called him and he said they really liked what they saw and they wanted to offer me a scholarship."
The Hawkeyes saw what the other suitors did in Kelly.
"(Wallace) said that he likes my size and speed. He thinks I can be a major threat on the field. He told me about Iowa’s program. I’m interested," he said.
Iowa rarely wins out against some of the schools competing for Kelly’s services. But the Hawkeyes have to be in it to win it.
"Right now, I’m considering and looking at all of the schools that have offered me and some that haven’t. I’m not really leaning towards any schools right now. At the end of the summer I’m going to come out with my Top 5 schools," he said.
Kelly has visited TCU, Kansas State and Nebraska in recent weeks.
"I liked all three of them even though all three of them are very different," he said.
Kelly said he plans to visit as many schools as possible this summer. Iowa is in the mix for one of those stops.
"I’d like to check it out. I’ll come up with a group of schools I’ll see. Things also could change depending on who else offers," he said.
Kelly has been selected to play in January’s Army All-American game.