Hillcrest DL One to Watch

This upstate lineman is another top junior to look out for in the class of 2006. <BR>

DL Kedriek Kelly
6-3, 290
Hillcrest High School
Simpsonville, South Carolina

6-foot-3, 290 pound defensive tackle prospect Kedriek Kelly played both ways last season for Hillcrest High School. "Yeah I played all of my games at offensive tackle, and then I played five games at defensive tackle," Kelley told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

"I only played five games on defense. I averaged four to five tackles per game. I also averaged about three hurries and had about four sacks in those five games."

The powerful lineman is waiting on his first offer, but several schools are showing early interest. "I don't have any offers yet. But I am getting letters from Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Michigan," stated Kelley.

When asked if he would prefer to play offense or defense, Kelley responded, "I would prefer to play defensive tackle. It's mainly because my size works better on defense. Most offensive tackles are 6-6 or 6-7 now. I would work out better at defensive tackle I think. Last year was the first year I played offense. I played defense in 9th and 10th grade."

The summer camp plans are still several months off, but the South Carolina standout does have some ideas. "I want to try to camp at Clemson and South Carolina. I also want to go to some camps in North Carolina," said Kelley.

What are the strengths of this talented lineman? "I would probably say it is my ability to stop the run," stated Kelley.

On the recruiting front Kelley says he plans to wait until late in the recruiting process to make his commitment. "I probably will wait and take all of my visits. I want to see what all of my options are before I do anything. I am hoping I have a big senior season."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding lineman from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2006.

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