Kelly excited to visit ‘dream school'

Growing up in Idaho, Taylor Kelly always cheered for the Sun Devils and was hoping to don the maroon and gold after high school. This weekend, the first step in possibly making that wish come true will take place as the Eagle High School quarterback will fly to Tempe for an official visit.

"Arizona State has been my dream school every since I was little," acknowledged the 6-3, 180 Taylor Kelly. "I like the warm weather, and even though I haven't been there I can tell that the people there and the campus are very nice.

"I just wanted to go there for a while and obviously being from Idaho Jake Plummer is a quarterback I always looked up to."

Kelly stated that the Sun Devils were sending him letters since the summer, but their recruiting efforts have stepped up considerably in the last couple weeks.

"Coach Smith and Coach (Bryce) Erickson came up to my school last week to watch me play basketball," Kelly commented. "I have a good relationship with them. They like me on film and they like my football knowledge and it's just a good vibe right now.

The Eagle signal caller committed to Nevada last July, but admitted that he could rethink his recruitment while on his ASU visit.

"They will probably offer me a scholarship when I'm up there," Kelly commented. "I'm still committed to Nevada, but if I were to de-commit it would be only to ASU. If ASU offers me we'll see what happens.

"I'm excited to go down there and check everything out, meet the coaches and players there and see what the environment down there is."

Kelly had an outstanding senior year which was capped off by winning the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year award. He helped lead the 11-1 Mustangs as they captured the Class 5A State Championship, after a dramatic 22-21 win over Capital. In that contest, the quarterback ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third.

Overall in 2009, Kelly completed 182 of 265 passes for 2,509 yards and 22 touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for 1,005 yards and 10 touchdowns on 156 carries.

"Some people say that my style reminds them of Jake Plummer, which is very good because he's a heck of a player," Kelly stated. "I can work more on my mechanics, sometimes I over stride. Because we ran the option up here I can run the ball very well. I can also read defenses very well and that with watching film all the time really slows down the game for me."

Kelly added that he likes the pass-run balance of the Sun Devils scheme. "They mix it up with going deep out of the shotgun and running it too," he explained. "It's more of a pro-style offense which is good."


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