Of course, those sanctions were dropped Monday. By Sunday morning, the Union City, N.J, linebacker had a Penn State offer. By Sunday night, he had a new college destination.
Kelly announced just before 6 p.m. Sunday that he was flipping his commitment from Syracuse, which he had verbally committed to in June, to Penn State. He is the second outside linebacker to pledge to the Lions in the class of 2015, joining fellow Garden State native and four-star OLB Manny Bowen.
"My coach told me to call him this morning, and when I got on the phone, he said 'what's the school you don't have an offer from but wanted?'" Kelly wrote in a message to FOS. "I thought about it, and was like, Penn State.
"He was like 'well, guess what? Now you got one.'"
It didn't take the linebacker long to decide what he wanted to do.
"My head coach was like, do I want to commit?" Kelly said. "I said yeah, because that's the school I wanted to go to, and that's where I worked hard to get a scholarship [from].
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is a teammate of longtime Penn State offensive guard commit Steven Gonzalez. Kelly camped at Penn State this past summer, and attended the Lions' 13-10 win over Rutgers Saturday as a visitor of the Scarlet Knights.
"He was excited (about the offer)," Union City head coach Wil Valdez told Scout.com. "He loved Penn State and the momentum they have going on.
"It's a school he liked for a long time. He loved the place and the vibe he got from [James] Franklin.
Not surprisingly, Gonzalez was excited by the news, too.
"I was just so stoked," Gonzalez wrote in a message to FOS. "I didn't know it [the offer] would be so soon. Penn State was his favorite school, but the sanctions restricted him from getting an offer."
We always talk about it [playing together], and it came true! I'm super excited!"
Penn State's seventh-ranked class of 2015 now stands at 20 members.
Scout.com’s Brian Dohn contributed to this report