U-M Turns Up Heat on One of State's Best

Oak Park (Mich.) 2015 athlete John Kelly give the latest on his talks with Michigan, his thoughts on playing with U-M commit Mike Weber and more.

Michigan’s interest level in Oak Park (Mich.) senior athlete John Kelly has been ramping up lately. Enough to where the three-star standout says an offer from the Wolverines may come any day now.

“Michigan has been recruiting me a lot harder lately,” Kelly said. “They pretty much told me I am back on their recruiting board and everything. I should be expecting an offer sometime soon because they are really interested in me.”

A Michigan offer could also grant Kelly the unexpected opportunity to play collegiately with one of his closest friends, U-M 2015 running back commit Mike Weber. The Motor City standouts workout together in the off-season and speak with one another regularly.

“That would be great,” Kelly said on playing with Weber. “We always talk about it every day ... How we would love to play with each other. He’s pretty much said ‘that would be real great if we went to the same school together.’”

Kelly, who already holds notable offers from Michigan State, Minnesota and Maryland, says one from U-M would get his full attention. It would prompt a visit in the near future.

“I would definitely look into the school if they were putting time into me,” Kelly said. “But it would put them in the mix with all the others schools pretty much. I haven’t really had a chance to get up to the campus and everything. I know they got a pretty nice program and they have a pretty nice school educationally. Also, a few of my friends are already committed [to Michigan]. That would definitely help them recruitment wise.”

At 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, Kelly plays on both sides of the ball for Oak Park. Most schools are recruiting him as a tailback, but Michigan is isn't locking him into a position just yet.

“It seems they a leaning more towards defensive back,” Kelly said of his U-M recruitment. “But they are really recruiting me as an athlete as well.”

When asked if he was okay with possibly playing defense at the next level. Kelly didn't hesitate. “Yeah, definitely,” he said.

The major hurdle for the Wolverines moving forward is Brady Hoke’s uncertain future as coach. For his part, Kelly says he’s looking past that.

“With Michigan, the coaching staff could pretty much be gone any day by now,” Kelly said. “I don’t really look into the coaching staff everything. I’m looking at the school, and what the school can do for me later on down the road.”

Next Saturday Kelly will head up to East Lansing for the annual clash between Michigan State and Michigan.

Regardless of what happens on the field next weekend, don't look for him to settle on his college destination anytime soon.

“I’m not really too sure when I’m going to make my decision,” Kelly said. “But when the time is right, then I will choose what I school I want to go to.”

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