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Top pitching prospect flips his commitment from TCU to Texas

Posted January 12th, 2019

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Prized pitching prospect Jared Kelley has decided to wear burnt orange instead of purple in college.

Kelley, a right-handed pitcher from Refugio, announced on Friday night that he had given a verbal commitment to Texas. In addition to bolstering the future pitching staff at Texas, Kelley’s decision also impacts one of UT’s Big 12 rivals. The 6-2, 200-pound Kelley had previously pledged to TCU.

Kelley will be a member of Texas’ 2020 recruiting class.

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Perfect Game USA rates Kelley as the nation’s top right-handed pitcher for the 2020 recruiting cycle. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Kelley went 9-2 with a 0.34 ERA and 153 strikeouts during his sophomore season. He is a member of the USA’s 18U National Team, which won gold at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships in December. Joining Kelley on that national team was pitcher Sanson Faltine III, a senior at Richmond Travis High who signed with Texas this past November.

Kelley’s future is in baseball, but he was also once a talented football player. As a sophomore, Kelley threw 50 touchdowns and led Refugio to the Class 2A, Division I championship game. He did not play football this school year as his attention was given fully to baseball.

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