ORLANDO, Fla. — Lake Travis offensive tackle Paden Kelley has been living up to his billing as one of the top linemen in the nation at Under Armour All-American practice.
Offensive tackle Paden Kelley (Lakeway, Texas/Lake Travis) was one of the Longhorns’ very early class of 2009 verbal commitments. Kelley pledged to Texas in early February, shortly after national signing day.
The 6-foot-6 and 280-pound Kelley, who has been Lake Travis’ starting left tackle since his sophomore year, has given another Longhorn commitment, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, a very secure feeling throughout their high school careers.
It remains to be seen whether or not Kelley plays that position for the Longhorns.
“I will probably go in as a tackle,” Kelley said after his third day of practice for the Under Armour All-American game. “As I grow I could stay at tackle or they could move me. I think I could play any position on the offensive line. But I like tackle.”
Kelly and Gilbert led Lake Travis to consecutive 4A state championships the past two seasons and a record of 31-1 overall.
Kelley, who is playing left tackle for the Black Team, is one of five Texas commitments playing in the Under Armour Game. Practices began on Dec. 31 and things conclude with the game on Sunday night in the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
“It’s been real fun down here,” Kelley said. “I’ve had a blast. Being on the field with so many characters, playing with the best has been a great experience.”
Kelley has more than held his own.
“I expected to go against the best players in the country and everyone here is a great player,” Kelley said. “I think I’ve done pretty well. I’ve done better than I expected, actually. I think I’ve represented my state and my future school pretty well.”
When asked what he has liked best about his time in Orlando, Kelley said, “Getting to know my future teammates that I’ll be playing with at Texas better. I’ve also liked being able to measure myself against the best of the best.”
Kelley knows his Texas career is right around the corner.
“My goal is to go in and help the team as much as possible, whatever that may be,” he said. “I just want to do what I can to help the team win.”