Kelly On Board With Terps

Just a few hours after receiving an offer from the hometown school, the University of Maryland, South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) safety Silas Kelly committed to the Terrapins. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder knew he wanted to be at Maryland as soon as he landed the verbal June 24, so he chose not to delay his announcement.

Just a few hours after receiving an offer from the hometown school, the University of Maryland, South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) safety Silas Kelly committed to the Terrapins. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder knew he wanted to be at Maryland as soon as he landed the verbal June 24, so he chose not to delay his announcement.

“You know, I sat down with my family, talked it over, and it was really not much to discuss,” said Kelly, who had offers from Albany and several other I-AA programs. “Maryland is the best offer I have, it’s a Big Ten school, it’s a great opportunity, and it’s a great balance between academics and football. Honestly, there’s not a place in the county I’d rather be. Maryland is awesome.”

Maryland already had one South Carroll pledge, Brian Plummer, in this year’s class. So when Kelly received an offer too, Plummer did all he could to recruit his teammate. But, honestly, Kelly didn’t need much coaxing. After all, he said, UMD sold itself.

“What’s not to like about Maryland? I mean, the campus is great, it’s right next to D.C., and it’s in the Big Ten,” Kelly said. “It’s an awesome opportunity to compete against the best of the best at the next level. Maryland is great academics, a great business school, and a really good football program too. Me and my family were really impressed with Coach [Randy] Edsall and how he was all about academics.”

Kelly has only known his area recruiter, John Dunn, for a few months, but in that time the two have formed a close connection. The South Carroll product said he “really” liked Dunn’s demeanor, while he’s impressed with the rest of the staff’s drive as well.

“At the camp [June 24] Coach [Darryl] Perkins was awesome. He taught me so much about footwork, stance, how to move, how to break; it was great,” Kelly said. “I loved learning from him and can’t wait to learn more. Then Coach Edsall, he seems like an awesome guy. Me and my family talked with him for a couple hours, and he was very impressive. I know he’s going to take care of me.”

In addition to Edsall, Kelly also connected with his recruiter, John Dunn, as well as Perkins. He said the latter praised his athleticism and want-to, while giving him plenty of valuable feedback.

“I love the coaches at Maryland. They’re so energetic and so knowledgeable,” Kelly said. “I learned so much about scheme, footwork and more from them. It was awesome. It’s such a great place to learn.”

Moreover, Kelly’s sister has been a student at Maryland for the last three years. The defensive back had visited her and inquired about the school on numerous occasions, so he already had the inside scoop on College Park.

“My sister told me I needed to come there ASAP. She loved the campus, the atmosphere, the people everything. She said it’s a lot of fun,” Kelly said. “Honestly, I don’t think there could be a better fit. Everything I could want is right there.”

Not to mention Brian Plummer has told him all he needs to know as well. The O-line UMD pledge has been harping on Kelly for months, while letting Dunn and Co. know about the defensive back as well.

“Brian told me how great of a place Maryland was, and when I went there, I knew he was right,” Kelly said. “It’s a great opportunity to play with him beyond high school. It’s an awesome university and a chance I can’t pass up.”

Kelly has been playing football since the fourth grade, starting as a guard since he was bigger than most his age. He eventually moved to tight end and defensive end, until he developed into an outside linebacker in the eighth grade. It was at that point that Kelly began to find himself, securing his niche as a Division I athlete.

“I remember in the fourth grade I was at recess and I was the biggest kid out there playing football. But by the eighth grade, I got right in as an outside linebacker. I came from a soccer family, but I loved the physicality of football,” said Kelly, who plays basketball as well. “So I just started dominating from there, and by the time I reached high school, I was ready to go. I just had to get bigger and stronger, and I was ready.”

A few years later, he had developed into a Division I defensive back. Someone who could represent his hometown school and the University of Maryland.

“A lot of people are underestimating me,” said Kelly, who will return to College Park in late July. “But I’m going to keep working, and keep showing what I can do. I can’t wait to get there and show the Maryland fans that I can make plays and help [the Terps] win.”

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