It’s not an easy feat to win a state championship in the Lone Star State, but that is exactly what Lake Travis High School did in 2007. Anchored by junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert and junior offensive tackle Paden Kelley, the Cavaliers will bring back a bevy of talent next season. IT caught up with Kelley to find out the pair’s plans for upcoming junior days.
“I’m going to junior day at Texas and at A&M,” Paden Kelley said.
Kelley currently holds a scholarship offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers but has yet to pick up any more since the conclusion of the season. Does Kelley think he will receive an offer from the Longhorns on his junior day visit?
“I hope so,” Kelley said. “I mean, there have been good signs, but I wouldn’t necessarily say for sure that they are. I don’t know.”
Kelley attended the Texas Tech and Kansas State games in Austin this past season, and he took a roadtrip last summer to unofficially visit Florida, Florida State, Alabama and LSU, along with Texas. He’s most familiar with Texas but he also said he doesn’t have an overall leader right now. That doesn’t mean that he won’t find a home in the near future.
“I would definitely consider committing,” Kelley said when asked if an offer from Texas would be a big deal for him.
“I don’t plan on waiting a long time to commit somewhere. I’m not one of those kids that want to hold out for a long time. So, I don’t think I would have a problem with committing somewhere early,” Kelley said.
[Note: Texas wrapped up its OL recruiting last year shortly after its first junior day, landing commitments from David Snow, Mark Buchanan and Luke Poehlmann.]
Kelley is actually planning on making both UT junior days in February. One lingering question in the eyes of Longhorn fans is whether or not teammate Garrett Gilbert will join him.
“Yeah, I’m pretty sure he is going to junior day. I don’t know any college preference for him though,” Kelley said. “I’m going to the one on the 10th. I think he is too, but if not then the 26th.”
Gilbert and Russell Shepard are the Horns’ top 2009 targets at the quarterback position. Shepard is also scheduled to be in Austin on the 10th. (Click here for new Shepard video just posted.)
Kelley talked about what he wanted to improve in his game over the spring and into the summer.
“There is always just improving feet quickness,” Kelley said. “That’s just one of the main things they look at for offensive linemen. I want to work on my agility. I wouldn’t mind getting stronger too. I just want to get a little more strength before I head into college.”
Kelley also talked about what it meant to bring home the 4A State Championship in the state of Texas.
“It was possibility the best experience of my life. It was amazing,” Kelley said.