Clemson offers 2014 safety

On Tuesday afternoon, the Clemson coaching staff sent an offer out to one of the top sophomore defensive backs in the southeast.

S Todd Kelly Jr. Profile

Webb School (Knoxville, Tenn.) sophomore Todd Kelly, Jr. was on the receiving end of that offer from the Tigers.

"It's really early in the process, so I thought they were going to evaluate me a little bit more," he told CUTigers on Tuesday. "The staff said they really enjoyed my highlight film.

"They watched my film and thought I was a class of 2012 player, but I was class of 2014. They said, ‘We need to get this guy.' They told my coach about the offer."

Kelly, who was offered by the Tigers as a safety, visited Clemson late last month for the Junior Day event.

"I loved the campus. It was state of the art. The new football complex, which would be done by the time I get up there, that would be a big asset," he said. "They really emphasized academics, which my family loved."

Before the Clemson offer, Tennessee and Auburn had offered. After Clemson, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State offered.

"There are a lot of people right now that are interested, but I don't have a favorite right now," Kelly said.

As a sophomore, Kelly ran for 778 yards on 72 carries with 13 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 65 tackles, four tackles for loss and an interception.

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