Class of 2015 ATH Kelly Talks Recruiting

UNION CITY, N.J. – Union City (N.J.) 2015 safety Daiquan Kelly holds three verbal offers after the first game of his junior season. Kelly projects as one of the top New Jersey prospects in the junior class and discussed the start of his recruitment with after a dominant victory in his season opener.

UNION CITY, N.J. – Rutgers, Virginia and Massachusetts saw enough out of Daiquan Kelly as a sophomore to verbally offer him a scholarship during the summer. Now starting his junior year at Union City (N.J.), the safety and wide receiver said Michigan State and Indiana are the newest schools to express interest.

Kelly helped lead Union City to a 39-12 victory over Shabazz (N.J.) in his opener Saturday and scored a touchdown in the process.

"It was a very good start to the season for us," Kelly said. "I was surprised because we pushed ourselves very hard to come out with the win. It's a good way to start off. …I played well but I wish [the referees] gave me the interception I made."

Kelly picked up his Big Ten offer from Rutgers after a strong camp showing in June. Kelly camped as a wide receiver but is being recruited as a safety by the Scarlet Knights.

"Rutgers, that's a good school to keep in touch," Kelly said. "I love the coaching staff. I've been there a bunch of times. I went to plenty of practices."

Kelly visited Rutgers twice over the summer, including a training camp practice with family.

"Rutgers practices are great," he said. "Their defense is really enthusiastic. They're flying around. I love to be there. They want me on their defense."

Being recruiting by Rutgers alongside 2015 teammate Steven Gonzalez, Kelly will visit this weekend for the Eastern Michigan game.

"I'm looking to see a big win," Kelly said. "I was cheering for them against Fresno State, but they lost, so I want to see them win big."

Though Rutgers has established a strong relationship with Kelly, Virginia was his first verbal offer. The Cavaliers remain of high interest, but Kelly does not yet have plans to visit campus.

"I've been getting a bunch of mail," he said. "I'm trying to go for a visit most definitely, but I don't know [when]."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Kelly has academics at the top of his list.

"I know they have a great academic program," Kelly said on Virginia. "That's the main thing I know about them, but that's like the main thing in my decision is academics."

Kelly logged two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown to go along with eight tackles and a forced fumble in his opener. Here is a look at his performance.

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