Kelly Has 'Cool' Conversation With Harbaugh

Oak Park (Mich.) 2015 RB John Kelly had a positive first conversation with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reached out to three-star running back John Kelly for the first time on Wednesday to reaffirm to the 2015 Oak Park (Mich.) standout that he is very much wanted in Ann Arbor.

“He told me he was really recruiting me because he felt like I was one of the best overall players in the state and I got a huge upside,” Kelly said, adding: “When we talked to each other I felt like he was a real cool coach. I can tell that he can be a little tough. He cracked a few jokes. He’s real cool guy.”

At 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, Kelly excels at both running back and defensive back. And is being recruited at both positions by multiple colleges. However, Harbaugh told him he’ll have his choice of position if he chooses to attend U-M.

“He is recruiting me as an athlete,” Kelly said. “He don’t really mind what position I come in and play as a true freshman. He said whichever position I feel comfortable at competing at once I first get there, then he don’t mind. But after a while he’ll probably make a suggestion on which position I should play. I told him I am willing to play any position. I don’t really have preference.”

And Kelly didn’t fret when asked if he was intimidated of playing for a tough minded Harbaugh, who is known for having tough practices.

“Not at all,” Kelly said. “I’m hoping whatever coach I play for he tries to squeeze the potential out of me. If he’s trying to put me to work, best believe I’m going to be up for the challenge.”

As of right now, Kelly says the four schools he is considering are Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan and Tennessee. He says he has a planned official visits to Tennessee on Jan. 16, and to Minnesota on Jan. 23. He also plans to take official visits to U-M and MSU before national signing day on Feb. 4.

Kelly also noted he will be looking for certain factors to help him make his final decision.

“The chance of early playing time,” Kelly said. “That’s going to be a factor for sure. Really it’s going to be the relationships I developed with the coaches. I’m just going to talk it over with my parents and my family. After that, I’ll pretty much be able to make my decision.”

As far as his decision timeline, Kelly says: “It’s definitely going to be a signing day decision.”


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