Kelley Feeling Cal

Fresno (Calif.) Central wide receiver B.J. Kelley was with teammate Brendon Bigelow for much of their unofficial visit to Cal last week, save the few hours Kelley strapped on the pads to compete in the afternoon practice session of the Bears football camp. Kelley, who holds 10 scholarship offers, says he would like to play with Bigelow in college, if possible…

B.J. Kelley (6-2, 175) became 2012 stud quarterback prospect Mike Baker's favorite target last season while leading Central with nearly 800 receiving yards. Both players visited California last Friday with teammates Brendon Bigelow and Tee Shepard – one of the top CB prospects for 2012.

Bigelow is one of the nations most sought after recruits, but Kelley has built an impressive resume over the spring as well. He picked up his 10th offer just over a week ago from Fresno State after a strong showing at their team camp.

At Cal's three-day team camp that begun last Friday, Kelley competed in just the first afternoon practice session with Baker. Bigelow and Shepard didn't compete. Kelley showed his track speed running routes and his good hands in 1-on-1s. Yet he left Berkeley without an offer.

Despite the fact he must "wait," he had nothing but great things to say about Cal.

"I think today was an awesome day," said Kelley. "We came out here in a great atmosphere, everyone is family. It was a good day. I just love it out here. I get along with all the coaches.

"They've only offered two California receivers so far so I have to wait to see what happens later."

Kelley lists Cal and Oregon atop his list with Fresno State and Northwestern right behind them in his top four. "[Cal] definitely stepped up their game today, definitely looking better than I imagined," he added.

A major factor in his recruit is the chance to play college football with Bigelow, who is currently a verbal commitment to Washington. The Huskies have not offered Kelley nor has Oregon – two schools that round out Bigelow's top three along with Cal.

"If it's possible and if it's for the right reasons I'm going to try to go with my best friend," said Kelley.

Bigelow visited UCLA on Monday – another school that hasn't offered Kelley. Kelley's 10 offers are from as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, Cal Poly, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Idaho, Northwestern, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Washington State.

But it's apparent Kelley came away from Cal impressed even without receiving an offer. A package deal may or may not happen. Kelley says he and Bigelow would like to take their official visits together with Cal, Oregon, and Washington atop the list if possible.

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