Kelly off to fast start

While some Division I football prospects already have commited and most others have narrowed down their choices to a few schools, Mountain Range defensive end James Kelly is an exception. Get inside for more

James Kelly honestly has no clue where he will play next season, other than it will be somewhere reputable.

"I went to CU, UNC and CSU for camps this summer and I'm planning to visit Wyoming, Kansas, and maybe a school on the east coast," Kelly said. "It's kind of open because I haven't had any offers yet and I'm still just feeling it out."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior has recorded six sacks in the first three games for the Mustangs (2-1), an up-and-coming program attempting to establish itself in the Class 5A circuit. Kelly, rated only a two-star prospect as an outside linebacker by, is seeing his stock rise on a weekly basis as he continues to find ways into the opposing backfield.

Kelly has his ideas if he could select a program of his choice, but the level of interest will ultimately determine where the senior ends up.

"Right now, my top three would be - in no particular order - Utah, CU and CSU," Kelly said.

Kelly typically lines up at right defensive end and his No. 43 jersey is one undoubtedly marked by the opposition. He recorded one sack in the Mustangs' opening win against Northglenn, three in a Week 2 win against George Washington and two more Friday night in a loss to Legacy.

Whichever college inks Kelly will be getting a fleet defensive end -- 4.66-second 40-yard dash - and one who excels in the classroom (3.7 grade-point average).

"I'd really like to sign before the end of the season and get that out of the way," Kelly said. "But if it doesn't work out that way, that works too. Whatever it takes."

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