Kelly family friend of former Vol

One of New York's top quarterbacks is familiar with the University of Tennessee, especially one of its former players. Chad Kelly, St Joseph Collegiate Institute's signal caller, and nephew of former Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, is family friends with one of Tennessee's best signal caller's Peyton Manning. Go "Inside" this Free Read on perhaps the newest QB target for the Vols.

One of New York's top quarterbacks is familiar with the University of Tennessee, especially one of its former players.

Chad Kelly, St Joseph Collegiate Institute's signal caller, and nephew of former Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, is family friends with one of Tennessee's best signal caller's Peyton Manning.

"I see Peyton a couple of times a year," Chad told InsideTennessee.com. "We are family friends, I have attended his passing camp for the past four years and I see him when the Colts come up to play Buffalo."

Kelly is already holding offers from Alabama, Florida State, Rutgers, Clemson, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Buffalo. It appears that may be a couple of more on the way.

"I may get another one tonight or tomorrow," Kelly said. "Miami is close to offering and according to my coach Tennessee also seems close to offering."

According to Kelly, Tennessee quarterback coach Darin Hinshaw has been in contact with Kelly's high school coach.

"Tennessee has been talking to my coach at least a couple times a week," Kelly said. "We just sent them my film, they are suppose to review it and let us know where they stand, it would be great to get an offer from Tennessee."

Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound, athlete who runs a 4.56 forty, put up some impressive numbers as a junior. He finished the year with 2, 167 yards passing and 24 touchdowns, he added another 1,067 yards on the ground and another 15 scores.

Those numbers were enough to earn him All-State honors, All Catholic MVP and Old Spice Player of the Year.

"Tennessee is wanting me to come down to their spring football game," Kelly said. "I have already promised Florida State I would come down there that weekend. I will definitely take a visit to Tennessee to see their campus and get to know their coaching staff better. I plan on going to a camp there."

Kelly began his football career early on at fullback, it didn't take long for people to ask why he wasn't playing quarterback since he was Jim Kelly's nephew.

"Yeah I'm very glad I made the change," Kelly laughed. "It's amazing to be getting all of these offers from some great schools."

Kelly feels he has learned a lot from being around the game most of his life and definitely feels that attending the Manning Passing Academy the last four years has helped a lot.

"I have learned a lot from several great quarterbacks," Kelly said. "I love going to the Manning camp every year."

While Kelly hasn't made it Knoxville yet, he has seen the video of the Volunteers plans for a new facility.

"I have seen the video and everything is going to be amazing there," Kelly said. "Tennessee definitely has a lot to offer."

Kelly appears to be a fierce competitor. He stated it doesn't matter what a team's situation is, he still has one goal.

"I want to come in and compete for the starting job as a true freshman," Kelly said. "It doesn't matter if the team has a senior coming back or a young guy. I feel I can compete against anyone."

Kelly also is exploring doing something no one else has at his high school. He is exploring the option of graduating early so he can enroll in the program of his choice at midterm.

"We have been talking about it this week," Kelly said. "It's never been done at my school since its a private school. We are going to visit with school official this coming week."

Kelly plans on making his decision by late summer and most definitely before his senior season.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com as we follow Kelly's recruitment.


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