HIGH SCHOOL - As a senior, he earned All-Colorado honors from both the Denver Post and Mile High Sports Magazine; the Post called him arguable the state's best defensive player for 2013, as MHS named him the best cornerback in the state. He was a first-team All-Centennial League performer as a junior and senior (second-team as a sophomore). A three-year starter on defense at safety, he was in on 64 tackles as a senior (41 solo), four for losses including a quarterback sack; he had eight passes broken up and six interceptions. He also returned a pair of kickoffs for 115 yards, including a 74-yard jaunt for a touchdown against Arvada West. His junior year, he racked up 80 tackles (46 solo, two for losses) and had seven interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown; he had nine passes broken up and a fumble recovery. As a sophomore, he was in on 42 tackles (23 solo) with two interceptions. He was a reserve wide receiver on offense, with 10 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown his senior year and 17 for 231 and two TDs as a junior. Top games as a senior included the state semifinal against Valor Christian, when he had seven tackles and two interceptions in a 42-23 loss; he had four career games with 10 or more tackles (career-high of 13 against Chatfield as a senior). Under coach Monty Thelen, CTHS was 10-3 his senior year and 12-2 his junior season, reaching the state semifinal and finals, respectively, and was 6-4 his sophomore year. He will letter in basketball a third time this winter (forward) and for a fourth time in track this spring (sprints and relays); he owns career bests of 11.37 in the 100-meter dash, 22.01 in the 200 and 50.0 in the 400.

ACADEMICS - He is interested in Broadcast Journalism or Communication as his major at Colorado.

PERSONAL - He was born September 18, 1995 in Denver. His hobbies include playing video games. A cousin, J.J. Billingsley, was a safety for the Buffaloes last decade (2002-06). He has been active in community service through school programs, including coaching kids in sports.

Alex Kelley talks to the media outside of Colorado's locker room
Christian Powell talks to the media outside the locker room after the Buffs 41-24 loss to Oregon.
Highlights from the Buffs 41-24 loss to Oregon at Folsom Field.