Quick Hits with Aaron Kelly

"We were really high on Aaron Kelly from the beginning," said wide receivers' coach Dabo Swinney. "He's a tall guy, and I think he'll remind a lot of people of Kevin Youngblood and some of the other receivers we've had here in recent years."

WR Aaron Kelly
6-4, 175, 4.55
Marietta High School
Marietta, Georgia

The Stats: Aaron Kelly brought in 55 passes for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior year at Walton High School. He averaged over 18 yards per catch and was named by the Cobb County Touchdown Club and the Marietta Daily Journal as their Player of the Year. Kelly, who was recruited to Clemson by assistant coach Ron West, chose the Tigers over Wake Forest and Duke.

Strength: Kelly is a tough match up for the average cornerback simply because he's so tall. On film, he reminds you of a Rod Gardner/Kevin Youngblood type of player. He's also extremely aggressive in the air, and can easily fight off some of the more physical defensive backs.

Why Clemson? "I really like the offense at Clemson," said Kelly. "Plus all of the academics are there and that was something that was really important to my parents. Having a place to go like Vickery Hall to help you is really impressive and it's nice to see all the players getting their degrees before they finish playing. Tony Elliott was my host during my official visit in January and I remember going to the football banquet when he was getting all of those awards. He was telling me that I could be there one day doing the same thing. I can't wait to see what it's all about. I'm just excited to be a part of the football program now."

Two-Sport Star: Aaron lettered three years in football and two years in basketball and was a 5-A First-team All-State selection in 2003. He helped lead Walton High School to an 11-1 record and regional championship during his senior season. It was the first undefeated regular season (10-0) in school history.

Dabo Swinney Says: "We were really high on Aaron Kelly from the beginning," said Swinney. "He's a tall guy, and I think he'll remind a lot of people of Kevin Youngblood and some of the other receivers we've had here in recent years. We wanted to take three wide receivers in this class, and we were just glad that we got Aaron Kelly when we did. We are really excited about what he'll bring to the table during his career at Clemson."

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