For several months three-star linebacker Keith Kelsey (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) has had high interest in South Florida. So it was no surprise to see the 6-foot-1, 213-pound senior in attendance last Saturday when the Bulls hosted the Florida State Seminoles.
Besides seeing a competitive game, Kelsey also got the chance to see one of his former teammates make a big play.
“Overall it was a great experience, but the high point was when my man Tashon Whitehurst blocked the punt,” Kelsey said. “He was my teammate for many years and a great friend, so that was the most exciting thing to see someone you know make a big play like that.”
After the game Kelsey spent time in the locker room with the Bulls players and coaches.
“It was a hard-fought game and you could tell by the looks in the players’ eyes that they wanted it bad,” Kelsey said. “Hopefully they can use the game to turn the season around. The coaches were talking about that a little and then they talked with me for a bit. They definitely want me to be a Bull.”
Kelsey will not take his official visit to South Florida until after the season, but he has one to Louisville coming up very soon. For several months the two Big East schools have been battling for Kelsey’s ear.
“I’m going to go to Louisville on October 20,” Kelsey said. “I just set that one up. I’m actually going to the Florida-LSU game this weekend with Chris [Thompson]. But Louisville is my next official.”
Kelsey has a good relationship with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong. When Strong was an assistant at Florida he coached Kelsey’s father, Keith Kelsey Sr.
“I’ve known Coach Strong for a long time and he has a good relationship with my family,” Kelsey said. “I’m pretty close to him. I’m pretty close to the USF staff, too, so it’s not like Louisville has an advantage in that area. I like both staffs a lot.”
There’s also another program coming on strong, another program with some old ties through the city of Gainesville.
“South Carolina has continued to reach out to me on a regular basis,” Kelsey said. “Coach Steve Spurrier Jr., is going be at my next game. I recently took care of the ACT so now more schools are jumping in. But South Carolina has been pretty aggressive.”