Kelly Trippanera, 6-2, 195, 4.7, Pt. Pleasant Boro HS
Last year Kelly Trippanera had 31 receptions for 642 yards for a eye catching average of 20.7 yards per catch. Add to that his four interceptions as a safety and Kelly was chosen for 3rd team All State Honors and First Team All Shore.
In relation to Kelly I received this note from Chris Melvin who indicates that Kelly's stats are a little deceiving:
Kelly Trippanera is a gifted WR. He also plays a superb game a DB (CB) -- but his future is definitely on the offensive-side of the ball. He has very deceptive speed. He's a long strider -- but has great quickness to add. Awesome hands and jumping ability. (Also plays basketball ... but football is the 6-3/195 pounder's future.)
Kelly had an injury last season (wrist I believe) that disabled him for a couple games -- be when he came back against Monmouth Regional - (who has one of the top secondary's in the state with CB Pat Barnette, FS Aaron Shaw, FS Jerrell Coleman, CB Derrick Simmons and SS Chris Ballard) he made his presence know with some nice grabs and a TD reception. Kelly by all means has the talent to play at a top program! He won't be on the roster of Miami, Fla. State, VTech or Syracuse - but he is a perfect fit for a Northwestern Maryland, Iowa, Purdue or Michigan State.
He had 31 catches for just about 650 yards and 6 td's upon his return from his preseason injury. The very hard to defend Trippanera had 4 ints as a DB and returned a punt 65 yards in a close game last season against "area power" Manasquan. He also had some great grabs and Td receptions against Manasquan.
Early interest in Kelly has come from Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, Temple, Maryland, Virginia and NC State.
Last week Kelly attended the Penn State camp but he considers Rutgers to be a clear favorite. "My whole family likes Rutgers, they have liked Rutgers for a long time. We go to games up there. They are my favorites."
Kelly, who is also an excellent basketball player, will be looking for a school with a good academic program and a good football team.
I'll be checking back with Kelly later in the summer to see how his offers shake out and to find out more about his leans and interests.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net