Kelley Focused on Three

Fresno (Calif.) Central wide receiver B.J. Kelley is focused on two Pac-10 schools and one future Pac-12 program. He has taken official visits to two of his three favorites, the other he will visit this month. Meantime, he is welcoming coaches on in-home visits, starting with Arizona State on Wednesday evening. Check inside for the latest on his recruitment…

B.J. Kelley (6-2.5, 180) is a true X receiver. He has blazing 4.39 speed with an amazing stride that allows him to leave defenders in the dusk on streaks and go routes.

"I love the X position," said Kelley.

Good for Arizona State, as it's the spot the Sun Devil coaches envision him playing.

ASU wide receiver coach Steve Broussard, running back coach Jamie Christian, and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone visited Kelley at his home Wednesday evening. It was the second in-home visit by the Sun Devil coaches as head coach Dennis Erickson visited him before the dead period in December.

"They're pushing," chuckled Kelley. "They want to know if they got to be recruiting some other guys. I told them they're one of my favorites – in my top three."

That top three also comprises Oregon, which Kelley is scheduled to visit Jan. 14, and Utah, where he visited Dec. 10.

"I'm real comfortable with [Arizona State]," added Kelley. "They are going to see my mom in a couple of week, and my dad likes them.

"They say I have the talent to come in and play right away. They want me to play the X, which is what I play now. It will really be up to me if I start."

Kelley's mom lives in Southern California. "Utah visited my mom yesterday," he said. "Utah is coming [on an in-home visit] after my Oregon [official] trip. Arizona State is coming again too. I don't know about Oregon."

Kelley has two official visits remaining besides the Ducks; he will visit Cal Poly this weekend. "They were one of the first to offer me, I told them I would go," he added. "They're a great school but they don't throw the ball either."

It's obvious when speaking to Kelley, a school that throws the rock will have an advantage when he makes his final decision.

"Oregon is not really a throwing school," he says. "And Utah has nine receivers and are offering two but only taking one. ASU is offering three and taking two. Oregon is not known for throwing the ball so Utah and ASU are in a different category."

One school that throws the ball might have joined the party late despite having a "home field" advantage.

"Arkansas came on recently," said Kelley. "Coach [Bobby] Petrino called me about three weeks ago. It's big, I was bummed they didn't call earlier."

The Razorbacks offered Kelley and wanted him to take an official visit to the "Natural State," where Kelley is originally from. "Probably 75% of my family is there," he added.

The only problem is Kelley will have no official visit remaining unless he cancels his visit to Cal Poly or Oregon. "I would go on an Arkansas trip. They are preparing to wait for the last moment."

However, Kelley says his Jan. 14 trip to Oregon could be moved as Duck head coach Chip Kelly may not be on campus that weekend. If that happens, there is a slight possibility he may not take that trip leaving a crack open for Arkansas.

For now, the plan is to make his final decision between ASU, UO, and the Utes after returning from Eugene.

And Kelley hinted what could be the final factor.

"Utah has got a lot of receivers, and ASU needs me and really wants me – they call me a lot," he said. "ASU probably has an edge because they don't have as many receivers [as Utah]. And Oregon doesn't really throw it that much."

But as Utah emerged as a favorite after his trip to Salt Lake City, a lot could change after visiting Oregon.

Academically, Kelley has already fulfilled NCAA requirements to be eligible.

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