Brendan Kelly Commits to Gophers

Brendan Kelly, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior defensive end from Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angels, has committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus earlier today. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kelly today to learn the latest on his decision.

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.

Kelly made the decision after visiting the Minnesota campus Saturday morning. Kelly met with the Gopher coaches and has his photo taken by recruiting expert Tom Lemming. Kelly confirmed his commitment with Golden Sports.Net

"It's the truth. I've been talking to the coaches for awhile. This is where I want to go. I had been telling people that I'll probably just wake up and know that it is time to make a decision. I thought this morning "Hey, I want to go to this school." I have a good feeling about the U and what they have got going on. The U is where it's at."

Kelly has been working hard in the weight room to get ready for his senior season and college football.

"I'm working on staying low, my explosiveness off the line and my speed. I'm working on my fundamentals and core strength. I'm bench pressing 300 pounds max, Clean 300 pounds and squat 470.

Kelly had offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas State and Iowa State was expected to extend a scholarship offer.

Kelly said his decision to commit to Minnesota had a lot to do with the new coaching staff.

"The main factor was the excitement of the coaches. I can see that school doing big thing in the future and I did not want to hesitate. I was ready to jump on board."

Kelly previous told Golden Sports.Net that he was debating about what football camps to attend. The decision will be made easier with his commitment.

"I plan on attending the Minnesota camp, the Minnesota Preps combine and playing in a seven on seven league."

Holy Angels head coach Mike 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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