B.J. Kelley recently took his first official visit to Arizona for its game against Cal and although the Wildcats weren't one of his early favorites things have changed for the three-star wide receiver from Fresno (Calif.) Central East.
Kelley, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect, liked the game day atmosphere, the campus, the coaching staff and players but maybe what stood out most was that Arizona loves to throw the ball. Any wide receiver would be intrigued by that.
"I had a really great time going out there," Kelley said. "I was really excited to be out there in that atmosphere with all the fans. They're just great fans. The whole stadium was full of red which was awesome. They were all loud and I walked in there and watched the team play and I saw they threw the ball a lot.
"They were down most of the game but they never quit so I was encouraged by that. I talked to the players after the game and you could tell they're one big family and that they back each other up in everything they do. They threw the ball a lot. Almost every play was a pass so I loved that."
Other programs were ahead of Arizona before the trip but now the Wildcats have moved into his top two with Oregon.
"They're definitely in my top two right now," Kelley said. "They weren't really up there. I was talking to them a lot but they weren't one of my favorites. Going out there and seeing how it is, they backed it up, so they're definitely one of my favorites."
The Ducks have been a longtime favorite and could be difficult to beat for Kelley, who also has offers from Arizona State, Cal Poly, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Idaho, Northwestern, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State.
Kelley and Central East teammate Brendon Bigelow, a four-star running back, are planning to visit Oregon the weekend of Nov. 6 when Washington comes to Eugene. Bigelow is committed to the Huskies.
"Me and Brendon are going on November 6," Kelley said. "It's going to be great. We're so excited.
"We were watching the Stanford game and Oregon was down and we were rooting for them the whole time and they ended up coming back. I'm really excited to get up there and see how it is. Me and Brendon are really excited and we just can't wait."
Fresno State is also pushing for a visit from Kelley but he said he's unsure whether any other visits will happen. At this point in his recruitment, it looks like Arizona and Oregon could battle it out for his services.