"I just wanted to make sure I was certain this was the place for me. I talked to Coach Spencer, and I'm sold now. Duke wanted me more than the other schools, and with it out of the way I can play my senior season without worrying about recruiting or where I'm going."
That relaxation showed on the field in his team's opener as the future Blue Devil was responsible for a passing touchdown as well as a rushing score in South Cobb's 19-3 victory.
Kelly is the Eagles' starting quarterback and punter this season, but projects solely as a wideout at Duke, which means he will be working exclusively with receivers coach Scottie Montgomery.
"I had a chance to meet Coach Montgomery on my visit and we hit it off really well. I am looking forward to working with him during my four or five years in Durham."
After commmitting on Saturday morning, Kelly had a chance to follow his future teammates on the Internet as they fell 13-0 to Richmond. As with most Blue Devil fans, Austin was disappointed.
"They are such a young team that bad days can happen. I know that with so much youth it can take time for things to come together. I am on board with that plan though."
After growing up in the Atlanta area for most of his life, Kelly had some worry about coming to a smaller town such as Durham for his college career, but after his visit in July, those fears were alleviated.
"Those guys really surprised me when I got there. The team isn't just from North or South Carolina. They've got guys from Miami, New York, Texas, and several other places. I was kind of worried about that, but they have just as many people from big cities as they do small towns. I didn't really expect that."
Aside from getting to know the players and coaches, Kelly had a chance to really get to know the role of a Duke football player both on the field and in the classroom.
"That was something I was really worried about with Duke – I mean that kind of education isn't something they just give out. I talked with the players and they assured me that any time you get into a class where you need some help, the coaches and academic advisors get you a tutor immediately. Duke graduates all their players, and that's because they always have people ready to help you."
"I talked to some of the players and asked about their high school GPAs and SAT scores, and I actually am doing better than some of them – which made me feel good. It makes me think I can go there and be effective on the field and in the classroom."
Kelly chose Duke over offers from Middle Tennessee State and Indiana. Memphis and Georgia Tech had also heavily recruited him.