Garnet & Gold Brothers

Given the long road he has traveled, Anthony Kelly is willing to make a few concessions. After all, the former Seabreeze standout is finally getting to live a dream - he's going to play football for Florida State and he gets to do it alongside brother and sophomore-to-be quarterback Xavier Lee.


"It's been a long while trying to get here but I'm glad to be here," said Kelly, who signed with the Seminoles in 2003 but spent two seasons at Jones Community College in Ellisville, Miss. when he did not qualify academically.

"I've been ready to get on the field here for a long time. I'm just ready to kick things off."

Kelly, a proven success at linebacker, realizes he will likely be asked to play defensive end for the Seminoles though it's not his position of choice. With the graduation of senior starters Chauncey Davis and Eric Moore and a talented trio of linebackers returning, the defensive front appears in need of a play-maker.

Both appear on Kelly's resume. He played outside linebacker last season, earning JUCO All-American honors after forcing five fumbles, snaring three interceptions and totaling 76 tackles. As a freshman at Jones CC, he tallied ten sacks from his defensive end spot.

"I wanted to play linebacker because feel like I never really got a solid chance at it since my senior year of high school," Kelly said. "I still haven't got my feet wet like I've wanted to but I'm willing to play anywhere."

There have even been murmurs of a look at tight end, a spot Kelly hasn't lined up at since his Seabreeze days.

"I haven't heard too much talk about that," he said. "We were pretty much set on offense (in high school) but every now and then I got a chance to get in made a play. I'm well capable of playing offense."

Lee has welcomed having his brother back at his side. FSU honoring its offer to Kelly was a major deciding factor that propelled him to sign with the Seminoles. That became a reality Jan. 5 when Kelly attended his first class in Tallahassee.

"(I've been) showing him the school, telling him how things work, basically taking on the role of the older brother," said Lee, who is two years younger. "Having him here give me a little more comfort because I always know there will be someone to talk to."

He added that he wouldn't mind having his brother as a potential target.

"It would be nice but I think he's overrated," he said with a grin."

Kelly, meanwhile, never wavered in his interest toward the Seminoles, committing just after Signing Day last February.

"I stuck with my guns and stayed with Florida State," he said. "I never got back into the whole recruiting thing. I tried to stay away from that. I didn't want to be involved with that all process again - coaches calling, having to answer the same questions over and over again.

"It can be annoying process but it's something that you have to do, something you have to go through."

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