Brendan Kelly Receives Second Big Ten Offer

Brendan Kelly, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior defensive end from Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angels, has attracted attention from several Midwest programs, including Minnesota and their new coaching staff. Kelly received a scholarship offer from the Gophers and Wisconsin. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Holy Angels head coach Mike Smalley to learn the latest on Kelly's recruitment.

Brendan Kelly helped lead the Stars to a 6-5 mark and 3-4 record in the Missota Conference. He finished with 108 (68 solo tackles and 40 assists) total tackles and eight sacks. Kelly broke up 13 passes, forced four fumbles and blocks three punts.

Holy Angels head coach Mike Smalley said that Kelly is getting on the radar of many teams.

"The Wisconsin offer caught the attention of everyone else in the Big 10. He is a sleeper right now."

The Badgers have a tie with the school as quarterback John Stocco was an a standout for the Stars. Minnesota became the second team to extend a scholarship earlier this week,

Smalley said that Kelly will be busy this summer attending summer football camp, something that did not happen last year.

"He did not attend any camps last summer, but will go to quite a few this year. He will go to Minnesota and Wisconsin."

Smalley believes that Kelly has a big upside since he has played football for only three years.

"He has very, very good feet with the frame to carry 260 pounds. He has a God-given body and is taking advantage of that."

Smalley says that Kelly is still developing.

"Teams kept asking about him, which surprised us at first. He is a strongside defensive end who is not used to combo blocks. He is still learning the game."

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