East Coast backer gets another look at ND

Junior linebacker John Kelly was among the visiting prospects for Notre Dame’s 30-27 win over Miami on Oct. 29. He left impressed with the Irish and he hopes to hear more from the coaching staff in the future.

Notre Dame’s 30-27 win over Miami on Oct. 29 is one of the few bright spots of this season for the Irish.

It was also a highlight for junior linebacker John Kelly, who attended the game as a recruit.

“It was an amazing trip,” said Kelly, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, N.Y. “The game was great. I hope I can go back soon.”

Kelly enjoyed learning more about Notre Dame, both academically and athletically.

He spent a few minutes speaking with Irish assistant Mike Elston and mingled with the other visiting prospects.

“I talked to coach Elston for five minutes before he had to make his way around to the other guys,” Kelly said. “He is a really nice guy.”

Kelly visited South Bend last summer and hopes to make it back later this year. He also visited Boston College and Villanova last summer and was invited to games at Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple.

Several other schools have shown early interest.

“I’m hoping to get those numbers up by the end of the season if I keep playing well,” he said. “I went to a lot of camps last spring and summer and unfortunately had a stomach virus the day of The Opening at the Jets’ facility, which I wish I went to.”

Through nine games this season, Kelly has recorded 90 tackles, six sacks, picked off a pass and forced three fumbles.

“I lead all of New York City in tackles and had two sacks and an interception in the quarterfinals of the city playoffs, so it's going pretty well this year,” he said. “My team is playing great, which is also a plus.”

Most schools project Kelly as an outside linebacker in college.


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