Keith Kelsey actually put on UK hat at his announcement and then said “psyche I am a Louisville Cardinal baby. Go Cards!”
— Jody Demling (@jdemling) January 28, 2013
Florida 3-star linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. has committed to the Louisville Cardinals. This, coming after his weekend visit to UK, giving Stoops and the Cats the opportunity to make their best last impression, but alas, this one goes to the Cards.
UK linebacker Avery Williamson was Kelsey’s host on the visit and he said he had a great time getting to know the team. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound linebacker out of Gainesville High picked UL over South Florida and UK.
Kelsey’s father, Keith Kelsey, played at Florida and the family lives in Gainesville, and they’ve had a great relationship with Louisville Head Coach Charlie Strong from his time with the Gators as their defensive coordinator.
Kelsey is the #46-ranked inside linebacker in the country by ESPN.
Kelsey is a tough, hardnosed football player with the speed to play from sideline to sideline. Has the size and athleticism for inside linebacker position at the major level of competition; This guy is a tough tackler who can wrap and knock ball carriers back where they came from; combined with his agility and balance, he should be an effective special team’s coverage defender; does a nice job peeling back on punt returns, making big blocks to spring returners. His frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time, provided athleticism isn’t sacrificed. We see some hip tightness when playing in space however his key and diagnosis reaction skills get him off the mark and in position to make plays vs. the inside and outside run. This prospect plays downhill, showing the ability to take on blockers at the point of attack; moves through traffic well flashing the ability to turn and change direction with better than average range. Dos a good job as a coverage defender; is alert, demonstrating good route awareness; picks up receivers out of the backfield however locking up in man coverage may test his open field athleticism; is effective getting his hands on receivers and disrupting their routes. The instincts and nose for the football this guy displays are what we look for when evaluating linebackers. Kelsey does not appear to be an immediate starter at the BCS level of play however if a red shirt year isn’t deemed necessary, early situational playing may not be out of the question.