Buena Park (Calif.) defensive lineman Donnell Kelly visits San Jose State, updates recruitment

Kelly is on the Spartans' radar in addressing depth issues on the interior defensive line.

San Jose State recently hosted two Buena Park (Calif.) prospects from a high school program that is loaded with talent for the 2017 class. The Spartans have an eye on defensive lineman Donnell Kelly who is starting to pick up interest on the recruiting trail.

Kelly is 6-foot-1 and 280 lbs. He plays both ways in high school, but is getting looked at for his talents on the interior defensive line. Along with the Spartans, he has heard from San Diego, San Diego State and Montana. He also has an offer from Avila University.

“I learn pretty quickly, so I get off the ball quick,” Kelly said of his game. “I use a lot of technique that my coaches show me. I learn quickly so I’m easy to develop.”

Said Kelly of his experience at San Jose State’s junior day, “It went very well. I went and I saw the D-Line coach and the head coach. They took us around campus and they said they’ll be coming to my school and they would be looking forward to my senior year coming up.

“I loved the coaches. I feel they can really help me there, getting me better throughout college at the next level. They made me feel like home, like I wasn’t too far away. I didn’t feel unwelcomed. I talked to some of the players, they were cool and very friendly. Also the O-Line coach, Stenavich, was very cool as well.”

Kelly spent some extra time watching San Jose State’s new D-Line coach, Barry Sacks. Sacks has reportedly made a quick impression on those in the program with his energy, and made an impression on Kelly as a recruit as well.

“He kind of reminds me of my high school coach, very hard on you, but it’s for the better,” Kelly said. “I feel like it would make me a better person down the road and that they make sure you stay on the right track. He cares about academics as well as football. Grades come first or he’s not going to recruit you.”

In his senior season, Kelly hopes to pick up more interest from schools and is open to those who may offer. His high school has six players in the 2017 class who have already been recognized by Scout.com with three-star ratings or better. Kelly hopes to make a splash this fall too.

“I want to be all-league and all-state,” Kelly said of his goals for his senior season. “I also want to have one of the best GPAs on the team.”

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