Clemson’s Kelly Announces Transfer to Arkansas

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Razorback fans had to wait a while in anticipation for the announcement of Xavier Kelly’s college football future. Does he stay or does he leave Clemson. That was the question.

At 10:04 PM on Monday, February 17, Kelly let Razorback and Tiger fans each know of his decision to transfer to the University of Arkansas.

The top player in the state of Kansas in the class of
2016 committed and signed with Clemson over many of the college football’s top programs which included Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Florida State and 26 other schools.

According to, Kelly was a top 10” prospect in their composite rankings and the 8th best weakside defensive end.

With the addition of Kelly, Arkansas’ very young defensive line adds a lot more talent but also more experience…college football playoff experience.

ARKANSAS DEFENSIVE LINE. DE Dorian Gerald, DE Mataio Soli, DT Jonathan Marshall, DE Nick Fulwider, DE Eric Gregory, DE Zach Williams, DT Marcus Miller, DT Taurean Carter, DT Enoch Jackson, DE Isaiah Nichols, DE David Porter.

*Upperclassmen in bold.
Newcomers: DE/T Xavier Kelly, DE Blayne Toll, DE Julius Coates, DE Andy Boykin, DT Jaqualin McGhee.

Kelly finished his Clemson playing career with 26 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 256 career snaps over 28 games while at Clemson. Kelly is the fifth graduate transfer to commit to Arkansas this offseason on a list that includes linebacker Levi Draper (Oklahoma), cornerback Jerry Jacobs (Arkansas State), quarterback Feliepe Franks (Florida) and kicker A.J. Reed (Duke).

As it relates to recruiting, the addition of Kelly means the class of 2020 is now closed.

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