Kelly eager for spring visits

Chad Kelly, quarterback from Buffalo-St. Joseph, N.Y., knows the expectations are high. He plays quarterback in a city where his uncle, Jim Kelly, led the NFL franchise Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

Jim Kelly played college football at Miami, and his nephew also has strong interest for schools in the South.

"I have nine or 10 offers," said Chad Kelly. "Vanderbilt is my most recent offer. They offered last week. It was a bit out of the blue. We didn't send any film to them. Their coach contacted me on Facebook. I talked to him on the phone, and they offered.

"I have offers from Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Buffalo, Western Michigan and one other. I have been receiving strong interest from Michigan State, Miami, UConn, Penn State and Tennessee. Most schools want me to visit their school and see me before they offer.

"I don't have any favorites. We haven't really visited many schools. We have visited a few places, but we have several trips coming up. I want to go more in-depth with coaches and learn the different offenses. I do want to make a decision before my senior season. I will probably decide this summer.

College coaches are keeping close contact with the hot prospect.

"Pretty much all the schools are recruiting me the same," Kelly said. "I am getting emails all the time. It's not just one coach, it's every coach from all the schools messaging me. The coach I probably speak to the most is coach Coley from Florida State. We talk two or three times a day. We are always talking to each other."

Kelly stayed in-state this past weekend for an unofficial visit.

"The visit to Syracuse was good," said Kelly. "From what I saw I think I fit in perfect with their pro-style offense. I don't know yet if I want to stay around here, but I like the offense a lot.

"Coach Hackett knows quite a bit of my family members and is real close with some of them. He is a great guy. I like his offense, and he wants to prepare his quarterbacks for the next level. He is a great coach. He will do what it takes to help you get to the next level."

Kelly will head South in April with plans to see three schools. He talked about the upcoming trips and what he is looking for in a school.

"I am going to Clemson for their spring game April 9," he said. "I am going Florida State's spring game April 16. I plan to visit Alabama sometime around then as well.

"I am really looking for a great offensive staff. I want to play in the right offense that will get me to the next level. My ultimate goal is to play in the NFL. Hopefully I can play in the right system that will get me there. I would like to compete as a freshman, and hopefully compete for a national championship."

Kelly gave more insight of the schools on his list for unofficial visits next month.

Clemson: "The new offensive coordinator [Chad Morris] will have a great offensive system. They are going to be all about gaining yards after yards. They want to get as many yards as they can. I am excited about checking them out this spring."

Florida State: "I am really looking forward to seeing everything there. I know the coaching staff real well. I talk to them all of the time. I am ready to check out the weather because it's pretty cold up here. I want to check out the campus."

Alabama: "They are national contenders every year. They are a national champion caliber team all the time. I want to see what I could do for them. I am willing to go there and help win a championship. We just got off the phone with coach Sal [Sunseri] and the offensive line coach [Jeff Stoutland]. I am looking forward to visiting them."

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound gunslinger passed for 2,159 yards and 25 touchdowns during the 2010 season. He also rushed for 1,057 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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