With all the positive vibe the Eagle (Idaho) High School signal caller felt on his trip the decision to de-commit from Nevada, a school he pledged to last July, and commit to Arizona State was an easy one.
"I like it down here a lot," Kelly commented. "I got to check out all the facilities, talk to Jean (Boyd) and the academic staff, and meet all the coaches and some of the players. I was hosted by Brock Osweiler and it was cool to hang out with a quarterback that lives not too far me (Montana). I could really relate to him.
"The stadium is great and playing in the Pac-10 against quality competition is a great opportunity."
Kelly spent considerable time on his visit with new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and talked about his future coach in very glowing terms.
"He has a lot of energy and knows exactly what he's talking about," Kelly stated. "He really knows the game. The offense that he's gonna to run is shotgun formation with zone read, four and five wide receivers, empty backfield, passing the ball a lot…it is the type of offense that I ran in high school and it really suits my skills. It's an offense that can put a lot of defenses in a bind."
Kelly was recruited by Arizona State for several months but only in recent weeks did the maroon and gold step up their efforts after Pete Thomas switched his commitment to Colorado State last month.
The Sun Devils' newest member of the 2010 class was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Idaho, following an outstanding senior year. He helped lead the 11-1 Mustangs to a 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 in a previous interview. "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."