Texas head coach David Pierce celebrates a 3-2 win over Indiana in an NCAA regional game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on June 3, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Top pitching prospect flips his commitment from TCU to Texas

Posted January 12th, 2019


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.


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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