5-Star WR Says Tigers Will Get Official

One of the top wide receivers in the country says Clemson is squarely in the mix for his services.

WR Kendall Kelly Profile

Another five-star prospect for the class of 2009 confirmed to CUTigers.com Thursday evening that Clemson should receive an official visit before he decides where he'll play his college football.

Gadsden City (Ala.) wide receiver Kendall Kelly, the nation's No. 2 wide out according to Scout.com just left Tommy Bowden's annual football camp and came away more than impressed.

"We had a great time here," Kelly said. "I liked Coach [Dabo] Swinney from the first time I met him. He's a great coach and extremely detailed. He's really a good teacher and helps you break down your stance and get off the ball quicker and things like that. It was great."

When asked specifically if Clemson would be one of the five schools Kelly chooses to receive official visits, he said, "Oh yes. Absolutely. I really liked it here."

Kelly's teammate, five-star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also told CUTigers.com earlier Thursday he would be back for an official visit as well.

Five-star wide receiver Kendall Kelly (pictured above) and five-star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick both told CUTigers.com Thursday evening they would be taking official visits to Clemson. Both are also good friends with Tiger signee Antoine McClain.
While Kirkpatrick was busy working out with the defensive backs in the morning practice session, Kelly was showing his skills as a wide receiver. However the two squared off in 1-on-1 drills several times, just like they do in practice back in Alabama.

Kelly said he was pleased with his performance despite the fact he was suffering from allergies that were bothering his eyes.

"A lot of times I get up to the line and the DB is thinking that I'm slow because I'm so big but I also have a lot of speed," he said. "I surprise a lot of those guys when they see me for the first time."

Kelly also said of his Thursday morning matchup with Kirkpatrick - "I go up against him all the time during practice and all it does is just make us both better so that was good."

Up next for the dynamic duo from Gadsden City is a trip to Auburn and a trip to Southern Cal.

"I know about those two and I think we may have another one planned too," he said. "I'm really one of those guys who likes to get away a little bit so I'm looking forward to those trips.

"Distance really won't be a factor for me," he added.

When asked if there was anything else that stood out to him about his time in Clemson, Kelly responded, "Just hanging out with La'Donte [Harris] was cool. That was fun."

Harris, a former Clemson wide receiver, now a coach during the camp, also played his high school football in Alabama.

As a junior, Kelly recorded 34 receptions for 595 yards, rushed 17 times for 189 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Kelly is currently ranked as the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com.

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