While there’s no doubt that Clemson will be adding plenty of talent to its defensive line for next season, the coaching staff will also have to replace Xavier Kelly. The former four-star recruit has finally announced where he’ll continue his college career.
Coming out of high school, Kelly was the No. 8 defensive end and No. 1 overall recruit from Kansas, per 247Sports. He’s spent the past three seasons with the Tigers, but unfortunately he hasn’t received that many opportunities to prove himself due to all the depth on the roster.
Over the course of his career at Clemson, Kelly registered 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Even though he’s leaving the Tigers, he’ll continue to face fierce competition since he’s now heading over to an SEC program.
Kelly announced on Monday night that he’ll be finishing out his career at Arkansas. The Razorbacks won the sweepstakes over other programs, such as Georgia Tech, Kansas State, North Carolina and Nebraska.
— xavier kelly (@xavierkelly22) February 18, 2020
Kelly has one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play this fall.
Arkansas is coming off a brutal season under Chad Morris. New head coach Sam Pittman might have a tough time rebuilding the program, but at least he’ll have a veteran to anchor his defensive line next year.
Former Missouri head coach Barry Odom will be the defensive coordinator for Arkansas next season. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles that unit in Fayetteville.