Kelly Talks WMU, U-M and OSU

Oak Park (Mich.) '15 ATH John Kelly talks WMU offer, possible U-M visit and his thoughts on OSU.

Oak Park (Mich.) athlete John Kelly is coming off a strong sophomore season where help lead his team to a district championship. And in the process, he has since earned his first offer from Western Michigan.

"I have been checking out Western Michigan a little more since they offered me," said Kelly, who was offered by the Broncos in June. "I have been going up to their school a little more. I really like Western's running back coach. I should visiting on (July 26.)"

While most programs are looking at Kelly as a defensive back, WMU offered him as a running back.

Michigan Interest

The Michigan coaching staff was at Sound Mind Sound Body football academy back in June, it gave the Maize and Blue coaching staff an opportunity to work with some local talent on a 1-on-1 level. Kelly used that opportunity to get some positive feedback from U-M running back coach Fred Jackson.

"I talked with coach Jackson," Kelly said. "And he was really liking me. He was very interested. He wanted me to come up there (for camp.) But it ended up I couldn't make it."

While Kelly couldn't make the trip to Ann Arbor for Michigan's football camp, he was on campus for game day visit last fall. He said on his next visit to U-M's campus he will specifically be watching the Michigan coaches and how they interact with the players.

"Well, I am going to be looking at the coaching staff and see how everyone is and how they all work together," Kelly said.

Ohio State

Kelly's next planned visit is with Michigan's chief rival Ohio State.

"I should be attending Ohio State on July 24 and also attending their Friday night lights camp," Kelly said. "I am looking forward to getting coached up by coach Combs. Yeah, because he is a very good coach. That is one of the main reasons I would even think about going to their school. I am just going to see how the whole atmosphere is there."

Moving Forward

At 5-foot-10, 185-pounds, Kelly is also hearing from Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois and Bowling Green.

In the off-season he has prepared by running track and lifting weights.

"I have been running track a lot building up my speed," Kelly said. "I am also in the weight room a lot more working on my strength. I am just getting stronger and faster."

In the meantime, Kelly said he is preparing to have a huge junior season.

"I want to help lead my team to the state championship. I willing to do whatever it takes to get there."

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