Kelly visited Rutgers alongside four Union City (N.J.) teammates for an underclassman visitor day, and the Scarlet Knights' stock rose because of it.
"It was a really great visit," Kelly said. "They said they really want me to come there. ... I liked the new coaches."
Kelly spent most of the visit with defensive coordinator Joe Rossi and head coach Kyle Flood. He also met newly hired assistants Bob Fraser and Ralph Friedgen.
"They were all cool," Kelly said. "It's just like a family there. They've been recruiting me from the beginning."
Kelly got to know Rossi last season, and likes the in-staff promotion made by Flood.
"He's going to be a great coordinator for them," Kelly said. "The Rutgers defense is in for a big season. Watch out."
Rutgers regained ground with Kelly Saturday, but the Panthers remain his leader.
"Rutgers junior day was good, but I really liked the one at Pittsburgh too," Kelly said. "I went there with my mom, and she liked it a lot. ... Pitt is my leader but Rutgers is my No. 2."
Kelly has no more visit plans for the spring, but said he is eying return trips to both Penn State and Rutgers in April.