Cam'Ron Kelly (© Michael Clark/Scout)

National safety target a big Irish fan

Virginia sophomore Cam’Ron Kelly grew up on Notre Dame football and can’t wait to visit South Bend. With big plans to excel in the classroom, the Irish may have found a fit.

Chesapeake (Virginia) Oscar F. Smith sophomore athlete Cam'Ron Kelly excels on both sides of the ball in the strong Hampton Roads area of Virginia high school football.

Last season, Kelly caught 48 passes for 753 yards receiving and five touchdowns. From the defensive backfield, Kelly notched 35 tackles, eight interceptions (returning one for a touchdown) and defended 13 passes.

He was also raised on Notre Dame football and so was his mother.

"My mom is a big fan," Kelly said. "She's loved Notre Dame since she was a kid too and that's why I got onto it too. My dad, he's a marine. He's along for the ride. He knows Notre Dame and their background and culture and tradition there."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete has offers from Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

He hopes Notre Dame could be next.

After receiving mail from the Irish, Kelly decided to reach out to the Notre Dame recruiting department to help expedite his recruitment.

That eagerness to build a relationship with the Irish staff prompted a visit to Oscar F. Smith during the evaluation period.

"Coach (Clark) Lea came into the school," Kelly said. "They're very interested in me and just want to see me on campus. They're really excited for me coming up there.

"Coach Lea said, 'I have a feeling you can make our program better,' and that meant the world to me because I've been looking up to Notre Dame since I was a kid. I grew up watching Notre Dame, watching 'Rudy.' Notre Dame is a very special place and I can't wait to be up there and see where that takes us.

"If they were to offer, they would most definitely be in my top list."

With Notre Dame's big recruiting weekend on the horizon, Kelly hopes to make it to South Bend.

"I might be able to (attend Irish Invasion) but I have no idea yet because it's during school," Kelly said. "We don't get out until June 16. But it's on the weekend and if I can make it, I most definitely will."

Although Kelly is listed as an athlete with Scout, the four-star '19 recruit will likely line up on the defensive side of the ball at the next level.

"Notre Dame is looking at me at corner or safety," Kelly said. "Most schools like me as a (defensive back)."

With South Bend a priority destination for Kelly, several other visits are on his summer agenda.

"I'll be visiting Notre Dame, Michigan, I'll be going back down to Florida and then I might be visiting some family on the west coast, so I might hit up some schools over there too," Kelly said. "And then I have to visit Vanderbilt."

With plans to develop as an impact player in college, Kelly also aspires to build a strong career in the medical field.

"My current GPA is a 3.925," Kelly said. "I want to go into Pre-Med. So, I'll probably go into Biology. I want to be a Neurosurgeon or I want to study along the field of Oncology, dealing with cancer."

Several strong programs have been paying Kelly plenty of attention.

"Florida State, Michigan, Georgia, (Virginia), (North Carolina State), and Vanderbilt, they've all been showing love," Kelly said.

Kelly hopes to make headway in his recruitment through his summer visits. A junior year commitment is in the works.

"That's kind of up in the air," Kelly said. "But I'm going to make it sometime next year, most definitely. It might be during my (junior) season it might be after."

The sophomore trio of Kelly, Litchfield Ajavon, and Brian Williams form a strong group of '19 safety targets for the Irish.

All three plan to visit South Bend this summer, which will give the Irish a chance to build strong bonds with potential suitors for the back end of their defense. Top Stories