Kendall Kelly Makes Early Decision

One week ago Kendall Kelly told that the Bulls were his #1 team. Now he's made a decision. Has he picked the Bulls or did another team swoop in and snag him at the last minute? Read on to find out where the 6'4, 280 pound tackle plans on attending college.

The Bulls are in the midst of compiling their greatest recruiting class to date and the newest member of this impressive class is Gainesville offensive tackle Kendall Kelly. On Monday Kelly visited the USF campus with his parents to let the coaching staff know he plans to be a Bull for at least the next four years.

"I like the location, it's right down the street, it's a two hour drive for my parents."

Through out his recruitment Kelly has said how important it is to make sure he's close to family, however, this is not the only factor that played into his decision.

"I see team, who's leaving when I get there, and I can see myself working through the depth chart in the next few years. The coaches have been very upfront with me and act the same way on the field as they do off."

Kelly says that his summer has been full of college camps and he notices that some coaches treat him differently in person.

"I go to these camps and you see how coaches act toward players, it's not the same as they do when they call you or talk to your (high school) coach." Adding, "At South Florida, they were always honest with me, I appreciate that."

The turning-point of Kendall's recruitment was having the opportunity to work first-hand with USF's offensive line coach Mike Simmonds.

"Every coach can tell you things that will make you better, what I like about coach Simmonds is his motivating style. He puts things in perspective for me, he tells me about ways to be better in games that works. I've only been playing offensive line for a short period and he's building my confidence in just one practice. I like his motivation."

In a few weeks Kelly will enter his final year of high school football and he says that he'll keep in-touch with Coach Simmonds all year to give him updates and get some tips as the season progresses.

"Of course I'm going to keep in touch with Coach Simmonds, he's the coach I talk to most out of anybody through out this whole process. I've been calling other coaches this summer, but I didn't talk to anyone as much as I talked with Coach Simmonds."

While Kelly says there really was no other team that he considered before picking USF, he did have offers from Arkansas, Ohio University, Charleston Southern and Middle Tennessee.

"It was USF all the way. The other colleges that offered me are great, I was kinda hoping more in-state schools would have offered, but right now even if other schools in Florida offered me I'd still go to South Florida. I'm 100% sold on the Bulls."

He says he's a solid commit, but will Kelly entertain visit invites from other colleges?

"Most likely I will only visit USF. I don't want to be committed to them and be disrespectful to the coaches and university by going to see another school."

Besides his official visit to USF, which will most likely occur after the season, Kelly says he'll be making it to as many regular season Bulls games as his own schedule will permit. Stick with USFNation as we follow Kendall Kelly through his senior year and up to signing day.

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