Kicker Holds Several Offers

<b>Kevin Kelly</b>, a 5'8", 175-pound left-footed kicker from Neshaminy High School in Pennsylvania already had several offers in hand prior to heading up to Penn State this past Saturday to watch the Nittany Lions take on Akron. Did Penn State offer? Who are his current favorites?

Prior to taking an unofficial visit to Penn State this weekend with his parents to watch the Nittany Lions in their season opener against Akron, Kevin already had scholarship offers from Indiana, Kent State, West Virginia, Syracuse and Delaware. Saturday, the Nittany Lions officially threw their hat into the ring.

"Yeah, I got that on Saturday before the game," Kevin said of his Penn State scholarship offer. "I went to the recruiting lounge for lunch and all, and when I got there, Coach McQueary had the letter in his hand and just gave it to me."

Saturday was not Kevin's first trip to Happy Valley. He went to a couple of games last season at Beaver Stadium and he attended his second camp at Penn State this summer.

"I actually went to Penn State like four weeks ago for an unofficial visit," he added. "So, I met with some of the coaches there and I met with Coach Paterno and talked to him then."

Penn State's offer to Kelly is not surprising. The Nittany Lions' only scholarship kicker, Robbie Gould, is in his final year of eligibility this season. Walkon Nate Weltman recently decided to transfer to Virginia. Last year, kickers Patrick Humes and Tony Bernatos decided to attend Penn State as walkons. The PSU coaching staff, however, told Kelly on Saturday that Bernatos had left the program, leaving only Humes available for next year.

Kevin is apparently the guy Penn State wants to sign this season. The left-footed Kelly kicked a 43-yard field goal on Friday night during Neshaminy's 42-0 rout of Father Judge, although the points were subsequently taken off the board following a penalty. He was perfect on all 6 extra point attempts.

"I only had 4 touchbacks the other night out of 6," the perfectionist Kelly admitted. "That's alright, but I could've done better. They didn't even [return] it to the 20 on the two that didn't go in though."

Kevin boasts a career long field goal of 54 yards. What's the longest he's hit in practice?

"The other day I hit from 62 [yards]. I think that's the farthest I ever went back."

At this point, Kevin, who did not grow up liking any particular college team, does not claim a favorite.

"I don't really have any favorites, but I'd say probably the top four schools I'm looking at would be West Virginia, Syracuse, Delaware and Penn State."

Kevin is planning to take an unofficial visit to West Virginia on the 18th of September and an official visit to Syracuse which will probably be October 9th.

"I remember when I got my offer from Syracuse, it had something about the official visit in there. That's why I made that one already. I'm going to try to make one (official visit) at the four schools."

When does he plan on making his final decision?

"I'm not sure. I guess whenever I just feel comfortable with the school. I could make it after I go to West Virginia. I could make it in January. I don't really know right now. I just want to make sure that the school is where I want to be the next four or five years."

Kevin has previously visited all four of his favorites. What do the depth charts look like at those four schools?

"They all have a kid there pretty much, except for Delaware, but all the coaches told me that they don't expect me to get redshirted."

Here's what Kevin had to say about each of his favorites:

Penn State: "It's a college town, good school and the coaches are really nice."

West Virginia: "I thought that was different than all the other ones because there really isn't much in Morgantown, but the coaches were real nice there, the facilities were real nice and they have a good program. When my mom and I walked around the school, it was real nice there, the whole campus."

Syracuse: "The stadium's indoors, in the dome. It's a good school. It's in the city, so it's different than the other ones."

Delaware: "Pretty much the same as Penn State, it's just smaller. The academics are real good there."

"I thought all the schools were different, but I liked them all."

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