UNC became the first school to offer Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety from Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll, early last week.
"It means a lot to get my first offer," Kelly said. "I was very excited about it. I've very fortunate and blessed to get it. I look forward to learning more about North Carolina when I get down there."
UNC remains his lone offer, but interest has picked up for Kelly. The list of schools recruiting him includes Maryland, NC State, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Kelly hasn't personally spoken to any UNC coach, but both his father and coach have had conversations with Dan Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator.
"They told me that Coach Disch liked me a lot and he sees me fitting into the 4-2-5 scheme perfectly," Kelly said. "They were talking about me playing free safety."
Free safety happens to be the position he plays for Carroll. As a junior, he accumulated four interceptions, 72 tackles, and five pass breakups.
After the school year, Kelly plans to transfer cross town to Washington (D.C.) Woodson where he expects to continue to start at free safety while also expanding his role on offense.
Maryland is the only school Kelly has visited thus far. He attended the Terrapins' Junior Day last Saturday.
"Right now, I don't have anything planned besides the North Carolina visit, but I'm sure within the next week or two I should have some more planned," Kelly said. "I want to visit Virginia Tech, Penn State, Michigan, and Vanderbilt."
Kelly's lack of visits has contributed to the absence of a favorite schools list.
"I don't have any favorites right now, I'm just exploring my options," Kelly said.