John Kelly: 'You Can’t Rule Michigan Out'

Oak Park (Mich.) senior running back John Kelly discussed his latest visit to U-M, his thoughts on Brad Hoke's future and what it will play on his decision and more.

Oak Park (Mich.) senior three-star running back John Kelly made his way to Ann Arbor on Saturday to check out the Wolverines for the first time in two years, and while Michigan didn’t come away with the victory, the Great Lakes’ star still had positive things to say about his visit.

“It was really good,” Kelly said. “I haven’t been up there for two years now. Me just getting back up there and seeing how big the whole stadium was and all the guys I have been close with at Michigan – it was a really good experience.”

Kelly, who holds offers from U-M, Michigan State and Minnesota, says he is well are of the rumors on the future job status of Michigan coach Brady Hoke. He says even though Hoke’s future with the school may be in jeopardy, the Wolverines are still be considered for other reasons.

“I am definitely still looking at them as possibility,” Kelly said. “Because if coach Hoke were to lose his job or not, I still think Michigan will always will still have all around good program. It’s still a good school. So you can’t rule Michigan out.”

Kelly added: “The whole thing with coach Hoke’s job, it doesn’t scare me away from the school.”

Mike Weber announced his de-commitment from Michigan on Saturday on Twitter. And Weber so happens to be one of Kelly’s best friends, and the two of them want to play college football together, Kelly says.

“Me and Mikey, our plan is to play with each other in college,” Kelly said of Weber. “Whether it’s at Michigan or whatever school he goes to. But that is one our plans is to play with each other. When he de-committed, that was something for him to for his future. That really doesn’t steer me away from the school.”

However, Kelly did admit if Michigan were to hire a big name coach like Les Miles or Jim Harbaough, it would get tons of interest from him and fellow recruits.

“That would be great actually,” Kelly said of coaching change. “A coach like Les Miles or Jim Harbaugh, I think a lot people really want to play for those coaches. So the program in my eyes, I could really see it being flipped around pretty faster than with any other smaller name coach.”

As far as planned official visits coming up, Kelly says he will be taking January trips to Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State and possibly Iowa.

And what will he be looking for those visits?

“ I want to make sure the school I choose to go to has my major,” Kelly said. “As well they have a good academic program. They got really high standards, because I won’t be nothing without my academics. That will be major part of it.”

As far as his next visit to Michigan, Kelly was adamant about seeing what the attitude was like with the Michigan football team.

“Another thing I want to see is how the guys are up there,” Kelly said on his next U-M visit. “I’ve known a lot of those guys for a while now. And the whole mentality of them seems like it’s kind of changing. Because they seem like they really don’t want to win as bad as they used to.”

Kelly says he will be announcing his decision near signing day.

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