Chad Kelly on the rise

Clemson quarterback commitment Chad Kelly has been busy this summer proving that he deserves to be considered one the nation's top quarterbacks in the class of 2011.

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The three-star prospect from St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. participated both The Opening and Elite 11 in July.

At The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., Kelly was joined by fellow Clemson commitments Travis Blanks, T.J. Burrell, Jay Guillermo and Germone Hopper.

"We talked the whole time we were there," Kelly recently told "After we would get done with the 7-on-7 stuff. We were in each others' rooms the whole night. They would have to kick us out because we were all having fun and laughing. It was great talking to them. We're already trying to figure out who we're trying to room with now."

Kelly and fellow Clemson commitment WR Germone Hopper have already formed a close bond. (Roy Philpott)
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback has already formed a particularly close bond with one of his fellow 2012 commitments.

"They're all great guys, respectful. They're also great athletes. They're somebody that would have your back if something happened to you…it was good to get to know them a lot more," he said. "Me and G-Hop are brothers now. We're really close. Hopefully, he's going to come up pretty soon and I'm going to show him around in Buffalo."

While at The Opening, Kelly made waves when he had a tiger paw shaved into his head.

"T.J. got it and there were a few others that got it. I was like, ‘You know what? If you guys did it, I'll do it,'" he said. "There were no other quarterbacks who there with logos in their head. It's just my kind of personality. I just wanted to remind everybody that I love Clemson. That's why I'm a Tiger."

Not long after his stop in Oregon, Kelly was back on the west coast, this time at the Elite 11 in Malibu, Calif. The 2011 event was the first-year that had 24 participants invited, and Kelly was named one of the Elite 11.

"Knowing you are one of the top quarterbacks in the nation definitely boosts your confidence, too."

"It was great, knowing that were 24 guys. All of them were great quarterbacks. Even one of the MVPs was a kid who had one offer, and that was D-1AA school," he said. "Just learning from all those quarterbacks -- Trent Dilfer, Jordan Palmer -- Matt Barkley was there. There were just a whole bunch of great quarterbacks you could learn from. That was great.

"Knowing you are one of the top quarterbacks in the nation definitely boosts your confidence, too."

Kelly is confident that Clemson will have a solid showing in 2011.

"People are going to be surprised. That's the first thing," he said. "Everybody knows it, too, people around the program. People are going to be surprised.

"I have all the faith in the world in coach Swinney and coach [Chad] Morris. He's going to get the job done. He brought in coach Morris for a reason. With the resources he had at Tulsa -- there were very few -- and he still had a top-five offense in the nation."

The No. 29 quarterback in the class of 2012 also believes Clemson will make an appearance this December in Charlotte, N.C.

"I know it all starts with Tajh [Boyd]. I have all the faith in the world that he can get the job done," Kelly said. "My expectation, hopefully, is the ACC Championship. Then, who knows after that?" Top Stories