Kelley: Size, Speed and Shot-Put

Terrence Kelley, a dual threat on the track and the gridiron, aims to offer size and speed to his future college football team. Kelley discusses his recruitment thus far and the teams he would like to hear from in January.


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As Terrence Kelley wraps up his final days as a high school football player, he's focused on the track this coming spring.

"I run the 4x100 and the 200-meter sprint," Kelley said. "And I throw the shot-put."

Size and speed have become Kelley's defining factors on both the track and the field.

"As a player, I'm very versatile. I have speed, size and strength," Kelley admitted. "I'm the strongest one on my high school [football] team and one of the fastest. I run [the 40-yard dash] in 4.5 seconds."

Not only does Kelley excel in more than one event on his Fayette County High School (GA) track team, but faces both sides of the ball on the gridiron as well.

"I play offense and defense," Kelley explained. "As an outside linebacker, I had 70 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. On offense, I had 39 carries for 400 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown."

As college football is concerned, Kelley will narrow down his options - and his position - based on the "best deal" for himself and his family.

"I've been playing both positions all my life," Kelley said. "It's hard for me to choose. [I'll play for] the best school that offers the best deal at either position."

Kelley recently completed his high school football career in the NUC All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kelley competed as a running back in the exhibition.

"I'm not picky," Kelly said of his next four years as a college football player. "I would go anywhere [division one] or local. I am open to anybody; I just want the best deal for me. I would go to Georgia State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Auburn; anywhere with nice people and a full ride."

Most recently, Kelley has been recruited by Georgia State and Ole Miss. "I was also talking to the coaches at Kentucky before the coaching transition," he added. "And Carson Newman is looking to offer me. That's where my [high school] coach went and I plan to visit."

Kelley has also heard from Georgia Southern, Eastern Kentucky and Georgia Tech. "This year, Tech only had 14 or 15 offers to give," Kelley said. "The coaching staff told my coach that if anything opened up, they would call my coach and offer me next."

Kelley took an unofficial visit to Auburn this fall and "loved it." He attributed the success of the trip to the "very nice people and nice environment."

No dates have been set for Kelley's upcoming college visits, but he plans to take trips in January after the current recruiting dead period.


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