4-star DE Xavier Kelly commits to Clemson

Class of 2016 four-star defensive end Xavier Kelly, out of Kansas’ Wichita East High School, has committed to the Clemson Tigers. ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren reported Kelly’s decision.

ESPN 300 DE Xavier Kelly commits to Clemson. He's the 7th ESPN 300 commit for the Tigers

— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 24, 2015

In committing to Clemson, Kelly shunned offers from Alabama, TCU, Oregon, Kansas State, Georgia, Michigan and Florida State. Many other programs also showed interest in the 6-foot-5, 255 pounder.

Kelly will in a year join a Tigers squad that ranked first in the nation in total defense last season and has gone 61-26 (39-14 ACC) in six-plus seasons under head coach Dabo Swinney. With Kelly’s commitment to the program all but set in stone, expect the claws of the Tigers’ defense to be even sharper in 2016.

Clemson opens the season at home against the Southern Conference’s Wofford Terriers on September 5.

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