USF picked up their second commitment from a running back for the '07 class. On Sunday night Richard Kelly from South Sumter committed to USF while being visited by Coach Burnham and Coach Franks. He chose the Bulls over FSU, Ole Miss, and Alabama.
Kelly was a four starter and was the captain of the Raiders football team this season that went 10-2 and lost to Bolles in the class 2A quarterfinals two weeks ago. For the season, Kelly carried the ball 145 times and gained 12,00 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry, with 16 touchdowns, 15 catches for 285 yards and a receiving score. Kelly was also recently named to the district senior all-star team.
As a junior he was named to the Lake county All-Area team after rushing for 759 yards on 109 carries with 11 touchdowns, and also catching 14 passes for 197 yards with 2 scores. Also in his junior season when they beat Bolles in the second round he broke his collarbone and ending up missing the championship game against Madison. "He was an intricate part of our program, we were needless to say devastated when he got hurt, he was the guy we counted on." Said Sumter head coach Inman Sherman.
When asked what kind of a back Kelly was, Sherman added, "He's a big back that can block and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. Being an I-formation team first he's our fullback, and he can devastate linebackers. He benches about 360 pounds already. He runs a 4.57, and is a punishing runner with big strong hands. He's a bull; he runs the ball like a bull, that's the best way to put it. He also has a quickness that he can stop and move and change direction pretty well."
When we asked coach Sherman what type of a offense the Raiders ran he replied "We ran a multiple offense, our basic front was a power-I, and we go no-huddle, we do some of the things that South Florida does so he all ready going to be used to doing zone stretch work and the one-back set stuff, he was the one back when we did go one back shotgun, so he's going to be familiar with some of the things that USF already does offensively."
Grades shouldn't be an issue as Kelly has a 3.1GPA, and recently took the ACT and moved his score up 4 points, and he is very close to qualifying, and is retaking the test next week.
Kelly was scheduled to take a visit to Florida State and to Ole Miss. "He probably won't make those visits now that he committed to the Bulls" said Coach Sherman.
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