Q&A With Miami Commit Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly became the third member of Miami's 2008 commitment class when he decided to become a RedHawk Thursday night. Kelly, a linebacker, out of Turpin High School just outside of Cincinnati, was one player many felt might blow up and receive several big time offers this summer. In this interview Kelly talks about making his decision now, his game, and his future in football.

Luke Kelly became the third member of Miami's 2008 commitment class when he decided to become a RedHawk Thursday night. Kelly, a linebacker, out of Turpin High School just outside of Cincinnati, was one player many felt might blow up and receive several big time offers this summer. However, he decided to pull the trigger and add to Shane Montgomery's third recruiting effort. In this interview Kelly talks about making his decision now, his game, and his future in football.

When did you officially commit to Miami?
Last night around 8p.m. I sat down with my family, and then gave Coach Montgomery the call and made the commitment.

What other schools did you have offers from?
Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, and Akron.

What were the factors that led you to your decision?
The things I liked about Miami were the academics, the campus is a great one, and I got to know the football staff, my recruiting coach and linebackers coach very well. Miami football just looks like it's headed in the right direction.

You made your commitment at a time when a player like you might start to blow up and receive big time, BCS offers. What made you comfortable committing to Miami now?
I think Miami is a great place. I know a lot of kids get MAC offers and then wait around because they want to play in the Big 10, and then those lose those offers. I didn't want to take that risk. It's possible other schools will come in, but I am a man of my word, and I'm committed to Miami.

What type of things were the Miami coaches telling you throughout the process?
They said Miami was a great place, and they said I would fit in, and I think I will fit in. They think I could come in and play my freshman or sophomore year as a linebacker. They see me at a certain spot, which I like. They weren't telling me I would play here or there, they had a set future for me.

Have the Miami coaches given you an idea of how you will fit into the Miami system?
They said I'm going to play what's called a SAM linebacker. It's an outside containment linebacker slash cover the slots, drop into a zone system. So they're going to let me use my size and my speed.

What do you see in your game that will help Miami as a football program in the future?
I'm a very hard nosed football player. I've got great leadership on the field. I bring an attitude to the football game; I think my head coach or any of my teammates would say that. I bring intensity and high athletic ability.

What do you plan on doing during your last season of school to prepare you for Miami?
First of all, last year we were in the final four, we played Piqua and lost in the state semifinals, so obviously our number one goal is to get back there to the win states. To prepare for Miami, I think all the camps I've gone to have really helped me out. I'll take the thing I've learned there and take it back to high school football, and play throughout the year using those techniques.

Is there anything in your game that you think needs improvement before you start playing football on the collegiate level?
Yeah, definitely my footwork, squaring up with the football, playing more downhill, and putting on more weight.


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