College Football Recruiting: Predictions for uncommitted five-star recruits

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Oct 19, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; An Oklahoma Sooners helmet sits on the field before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma won the game 34-19. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Who: 5-Star OLB Caleb Kelly

  • Hometown/High School: Fresno, CA /Clovis West
  • Rankings: No. 16 overall, No. 2 OLB and No. 1 in CA.

Kelly is a player of many talents. His athleticism is hard to ignore and it always seems as if he is involved in the middle of every play. As soon as he recognizes where the ball is going, he begins his pursuit immediately. He reminds me a lot of former Boston College linebacker and current Carolina Panther Luke Kuechly in that he has tremendous awareness and always knows where the ball is. Furthermore, he can play well in open space and finishes his tackles, not giving a second wind to the ball carrier.

I predict he will go to the Oklahoma Sooners. Although he was never officially offered by the program, he did visit the campus on April 12 a little more than a month after he announced his Top 10, with the Sooners in the fold. Currently, the Sooners have a 2016 class that ranks No. 68 in the country and No. 7 in the Big 12 per the 247Sports Composite Rankings and standing eight commitments strong but they have no five-star commitments.

A commitment from Kelly would give the Sooners flexibility within their defense as his style of play can allow him to be effective at multiple positions. He has the potential to average 10 tackles a game just as Kuechly did in 2012. Whether or not he will play like Kuechly remains to be seen, and that is no small task. However, the talent is certainly there.

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