Signee Spotlight: Chad Kelly

Over the coming weeks, the Ole Miss Spirit will roll out a comprehensive breakdown of each 2015 Rebel signee. Today, we take a look at four-star QB Chad Kelly.

Chad Kelly
Quarterback

Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 10 JUCO Ranking
Size: 6-3, 220
Hometown: (St. Joseph CI, EMCC)
Buffalo, NY
Stats: 4.65 40
Projected position at OM: Quarterback

Accolades: JUNIOR COLLEGE: Rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 10 junior college prospect by Scout.com, No. 29 by ESPN.com and No. 57 by 247Sports.com ... Listed as the top junior college quarterback by Scout.com and the top dual threat quarterback by 247Sports.com and ESPN... Helped East Mississippi to a 12-0 record and the NJCAA national championship ... In 12 games for East Mississippi, he completed 66.9 percent of his passes and threw for 3,906 yards with 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns ... His 47 touchdowns tied the nation's lead and his 3,906 yards ranked second in the nation ... Earned NJCAA first team All-America honors ... Earned MACJC Most Valuable Back, All-Region and All-State honors ... Earned East Mississippi Most Valuable Offensive Player and Mississippi Bowl Committee Player of the Year honors ... Completed 40-of-53 passes for 434 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for a team-leading 33 yards in the NJCAA national title game ... Coached in junior college by Buddy Stephens ... HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPrep All-American ... Member of the Elite 11 ... Participant in the Under Armour All-American Game ... Led his team to the state championship game as a junior and senior, winning the state title as a junior ... Four-time National Punt, Pass, & Kick winner . . . Nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

Recruiting Competition: When Chad came out of East Mississippi Community College, several schools were after him, but he limited his visits to Ole Miss and Indiana, despite offers from Virginia Tech and LSU.

EMCC OC Marcus Wood: "Chad took over the huddle and really pushed the tempo game. He knew exactly what we wanted as coaches and delivered. His football savvy is off the charts. You tell him something once and he's got it. He's really special in the mental side of the game. As for his physical skills, all I can say is that he's got an outstanding arm and can make all the throws and he is really, really good running the ball. I'm telling you - he is a special talent.”

Scouting Report: Kelly is an accomplished thrower who has the ability to put the ball in to a tight window. He makes quick and decisive decisions with the football and helped lead his team to a No. 1 ranking and JuCo National Championship, so that speaks to the level of player that he is. He can run and command the spread style offense and runs well enough to be a an option threat. Could come in and grab a hold of an offense early on. Arm strength, field awareness and competent mobility are his strengths.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “We needed another quarterback to come in this spring and compete for the job. Chad has all the credentials and we really like the way he plays the game in a similar offense as we run at Ole Miss. He’s got a strong, accurate arm, good field savvy and he’s a better runner than he’s known for.”


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