Trevor Kelly had one offer out of high school, and he took it.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle, who committed to California on Sunday, was just 6-foot-2, 260 pounds coming out of South San Francisco (Calif.) El Camino, but that was during wrestling season, when he dropped from his playing weight down to fighting weight.
Sacramento State saw the kind of ferocity and power Kelly had both on the mat and on the field, and was the only school to offer Kelly a scholarship. After redshirting for a season, Kelly started for the Hornets, playing in 11 games and tallying 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. But, that wasn't enough for Kelly.
"I just wanted different scenery and a different opportunity," Kelly told BearTerritory shortly after committing on Sunday following his official visit.
This past season, Kelly notched 44 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 14 TFLs, earning offers from the Bears, Florida, Illinois and Colorado. After the Buffs didn't quite knock his socks off last weekend, Kelly came to Berkeley with just a few questions.
"The questions I had that got answered were mainly about the strength and conditioning program," said Kelly. "A big part of my recruitment was the strength and conditioning program, and I was excited and thankful for the opportunity, for what they have to offer in the strength and conditioning program. Also, I had questions about academics. At Cal, academics are huge, and I'm excited for what the team, the academics and the whole school has to offer."
At Sacramento State, Kelly was on the Dean's List with a 3.75 GPA, majoring in civil engineering. He intends to major in communications or something to do with sports management when he enrolls at Cal following this semester, after which he'll have two years to play two. He estimated that he will finish with a 3.5 or 3.6 GPA this semester at CSM.
Joining Kelly at Cal this past weekend were teammates Sam Atoe and Deshane Hines, but Kelly won't dare say if the pair would follow him in his commitment.
"I was with Sam all weekend, mostly, and we did a lot of things together. We enjoyed our visit. He's one of my good friends on the team, so we hung out all weekend, mostly," said Kelly. "I don't know what Sam's going to choose. I'm just going to be happy for what he chooses, and where he goes. I'm not going to tell him where to go. I'm just supportive of what he feels like, and what DeShane feels like, also, so I'm going to be a good teammate and a good friend and support them, wherever they go."
The Bulldog bond runs strong, though, and one of Kelly's favorite parts of the weekend was not only getting to spend it with Atoe and Hines, but to be hosted by former Bulldog Sione Sina, who's recovery from ACL surgery gave Kelly some insight into the strength and conditioning program.
"Sione Sina said you have to work," Kelly said. "I'm excited to be in the weight room, working to become stronger and much better. He's overcome a lot, and he's excited to get back on the field, and I can't wait to help out the defense a lot.
"He came to a couple games because he was hurt, so when I got to Cal this weekend, he just opened his arms up to me, and took me under his wing. The Bulldog family is so strong. It was pretty cool to be with him for a little bit."
Beyond the Commit: Trevor Kelly
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