Monday, January 28, 2013
3-star LB Kelsey chooses Louisville
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Three-star Gainesville High School linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. made his college commitment Monday morning.
The 6-foot-1, 213-pound athlete chose Louisville over USF and Kentucky.
Kelsey, who said he liked the fit at Louisville, said one thing stood out in choosing the Cardinals.
Keith Kelsey Jr. committed to Louisville on Monday in Gainesville.
That, Kelsey said, is his solid relationship with Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
"Louisville is a great program with a great atmosphere," Kelsey said. "I just love the team. It's very family oriented. Coach Strong and the rest of the coaches are great.
"I can see myself fitting in real well. I really have a chance to come in and make an impact on the team. I see myself fitting in pretty good."
Kelsey's father, Keith Kelsey Sr., played for Strong while the elder Kelsey was at Florida in the mid-90's.
The younger Kelsey had a chance to get to know Strong and has since formed a strong bond with the Louisville head coach.
"He's just a great person," Kelsey said. "He's a player’s coach. Not just on the field, but off the field you can talk to him about anything. He's just that type of coach. We have a great relationship."
The hard-hitting inside linebacker said Louisville fans can expect him to come in and work hard from the time he steps on campus.
"I'm an enthusiastic person," Kelsey said. "I just love the game of football -- I'm a go getter. Louisville is going to get a hard worker that just wants to come in and help win ball games and championships."
As a senior, Kelsey totaled 193 tackles, seven sacks and five forced fumbles.
The Cardinals have 15 commitments, 14 of whom are ranked three-stars or higher. Eight of Louisville's 15 commitments are from the state of Florida.