Lake Travis has been on fire as of late and is heading into the playoffs with a full head of steam thanks in large part to the dynamic duo of Garrett Gilbert and Paden Kelley. The Texas Longhorns are just one of many schools showing early interest in Kelley. He was at Texas’ win over Texas Tech and talked about the experience.
“I went and watched the game,” Paden Kelley said. “It was really cool. I enjoyed it.”
During his visit, Kelley got to chat with several members of the UT coaching staff and Mack Brown and company have already begun to make a favorable impression on the Lake Travis offensive tackle.
“I talked to Coach Davis and Mack Brown in the players lounge,” Kelley said. “They told me they were happy that I had come down to make a visit. They said that it was going to be a big game and to yell loud. Everybody was really friendly.”
Kelley had already been to several games at the University of Texas prior to the Longhorns’ victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. He hasn’t visited any other school during football season, but Texas isn’t exactly that far ahead of some of the other schools on his wish list.
“This early, I know a lot about Texas, but I don’t know much about the other schools that are recruiting me. I’m not crossing anybody off, but Texas is right in my backyard,” Kelley said.
Kelley currently holds one scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska and is expecting more to flow in after his junior season.
“I haven’t gotten any lately,” Kelley said. “I’m sure a lot of schools are going to wait under after the season to offer. I am getting a lot of mail from SEC schools and from places like Notre Dame and Purdue. I’m hearing from around 29 different schools.”
One of the most important factors is in recruiting is comfort level and it always helps to have someone there that you have known for quite sometime. That being said, would Kelley and Gilbert likely end up at the same school on the next level?
“Me and Garrett are actually really good friends. We hang out away from school,” Kelley said. “I would enjoy going to the same school as him, and I’m sure that he would enjoy going to the same school as me. But we really haven’t talked about it.”
For now, Kelley and Gilbert have their focus set on winning a state title. They head into the playoffs with only one loss on their record and high expectations.
“We lost an early game to Westlake,” Kelley said. “We went undefeated in district, and our team has been practicing really hard. We have goals of getting to state, but we are not overlooking anybody. We are looking to take care of business.”