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OU Commit Jordan Kelley Impacts Union Defense

By MIKE MOGUIN
Sports Writer

JORDAN KELLEY



Oklahoma fans will enjoy Jordan Kelley once they see him in action. The 6-3, 310-pound Union defensive tackle is becoming known for throwing quarterbacks like a ragdoll once he gets his hands on them.

Kelley recently made his decision to be a Sooner. He had always wanted to go to OU since he was young. So, when an opportunity to go came, he took advantage.

“I grew up liking them, because they were winning,” Kelley says. “I had talked to my parents and grandparents about it for a long time. I think this is the right place for me. I want my grandparents to come watch my games and I feel like if I stay close to home, they will be able to come to every game. The coaches there are outstanding. It just feels great to go there.”

Kelley chose OU over TCU, OSU, Arizona State and Memphis.

He hopes to impact the Sooners as a freshman when he arrives on campus next fall.

“I’m just going to go there and do the best that I can,” Kelley says.

In the meantime, he is making things happen for defending Class 6AI champion Union. Kelley made two of his ragdoll sacks in the Redskins’ season opening 26-15 win against Broken Arrow on Aug. 26.  He made a few more in a 59-40 over rival-Jenks in the annual Backyard Bowl back on Sept. 7.

The game against Broken Arrow was shown before a nationally televised audience on ESPN.  

“It was pretty crazy at first,” he says. “But, when it came to game time, everybody was like, ‘It is time to lock in and forget about ESPN and play our game.’”

“I think overall, the defense did pretty good which led me to having a good game,” Kelley says. “But I think overall as a team, we got a lot of things to improve on.”

Kelley put in a lot of work practicing with some of the coaches on the Union staff through the summer.

“They taught me a lot of new things that helps me have the good game I have,” Kelley says.

Kelley didn’t start playing football until ninth grade. He’s been playing defensive line since.

“The key to me getting up to 300 pounds is my grandma’s cooking,” Kelley says, smiling. “She knows how to cook. Every time she brought food to the dinner table, I couldn’t stop eating. Her food helped my athleticism. I know how to get up and down the field, get quick off the ball, and I know how to use my hands. I think these things are the key to being a good defensive lineman.”

The rush one gets in the middle of a game is what Kelley likes most about football. “When the game is close, one team has to push harder than the other team to pull out the victory,” he says.

The Redskins are using the same approach that they used last year as they aim for another state title.

“Like I said, we have a lot of things to work on,” Kelley says. “I still see it as us being underdogs. We lost four straight years of winning state to Jenks. That still lights a fire in me. A lot of people think that since our 2016 seniors have graduated that we’re not going to be as good. I think that makes the whole team work 100 percent more than what we’re doing right now.

“Yes, we lost key people. But we have key people to back them up that are now keys to this year’s team. So, we really didn’t lose anything.”

Kelley hopes to see the Redskins bring home a gold ball again.

Updated 10-04-2017

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