Kyle Kelley said he was sorry to hear that Arizona fired coach Mike Stoops earlier this week and while the Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge defensive end is staying committed to the Wildcats he could also take some visits over the next couple months.
Arizona State and Colorado could be two destinations for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound four-star prospect who committed to Arizona in early July. It's still early, though, so Kelley said he hasn't figured anything out yet.
"It's still pretty early and I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet," Kelley said. "I really like Arizona a lot but until they hire a new coach and I see where they stand I probably will go visit some other schools over the next couple months."
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Rated No. 15 at strong-side defensive end and No. 200 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, Kelley lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Florida, NC State, Northern Illinois, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.
There were a few talks between Kelley and Stoops during the recruiting process but the four-star prospect said he mainly was involved with assistant coaches Garret Chachere and Jeff Hammerschmidt. He hopes the remaining coaches can salvage the rest of the season.
For his part, Kelley plans to take an official visit Arizona and wants to see who it hires before making any further decisions about where he'll play college football. He still has time to see how things shake out.
"I was really sorry to hear what happened to coach Stoops," Kelley said. "He was a great guy and I wish him the best and I really hope the assistant coaches do well for the rest of the year and pull everything together and maybe get to a bowl game.
"I talked to (Stoops) a couple times but I mainly talked to my recruiting coordinator, coach Chacere and coach Hammerschmidt. The fact that they went to three bowl games was a big factor and where (Stoops) took the program but I'd say my choice revolved around the coaches I talked to a lot and the school itself. I still like Arizona a lot."