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Braxton Kelley is at it again. The 6-1, 220-pound defensive end is wreaking havoc on opponents, something he has done since he moved to defensive end as sophomore. In 5 games this year, Kelley has 24 tackles including 6 sacks and 4 tackles-for-loss. LaGrange is 5-0.
As a junior last season, he tallied had 89 tackles, 55 assists, 19 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks. He led his team in tackles-for-loss and sacks last season.
”He’s a great football player,” LaGrange Head Coach Steve Pardue said. “I’ve coached a lot of great players here, and he’s one of the best. He doesn’t have a weakness. He has an unbelievable work ethic. He plays every play like it’s his last.”
Working hard at the sport of football is not a tough chore for Kelley, who says he loves to play.
“I’m just really enthusiastic about football,” Kelley said. “I work hard and I think that shows out on the field.”
Kelley, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, believes his primary strengths are his quickness and anticipation.
“I have quick reactions to what is going on in each play,” Kelley said. “I know where the ball carrier is going to go. And I think I’m pretty quick too.”
At this point, Kelley has earned scholarship offers from 4 schools and is drawing interest from several more Division I-A programs. Most schools are recruiting him as a linebacker, but Virginia Tech likes him as a defensive end.
“I have offers from Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Kentucky and South Carolina,” Kelley said. “I’m also interested in Georgia, Auburn and Florida. I’ve taken an official visit to Kentucky. I plan on going to Virginia Tech too.”
Kelley described his official visit to Kentucky on the weekend September 17th as “good. I liked the facilities a lot.”
There doesn’t appear to be any clear favorites right now, as Kelley wants to be patient in his recruiting process.
“I’m all even right now,” Kelley said. “After I take all my visits, I’ll sit down and think what I like about the schools and I’ll decide.”
Though he has never been to Virginia Tech, Kelley noted the things he likes about the Tech program.
“I like the way they play defense,” Kelley said of Virginia Tech. “They’ve always been a big-time program.”
Lorenzo Ward is the primary recruiter...
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