Vols are among favorites for Blue Chip WR

Most defensive coordinators worst nightmare is a tall wide receiver. After watching players like Mike Williams (USC), Roy Williams (Texas) and Reggie Williams (Washington) tear up secondaries, every coach wants a big playmaking wide out. So expect teams to flock to Texas to see one of the nation's finest in wide receiver Malcolm Kelly (Longview).

Malcolm Kelly Profile

At 6-4, 200, Kelly's size intimidates cornerbacks to the point where they are left shaking in their cleats. He has the size and leaping ability to win a jump ball nearly every time. But make no mistake, Kelly is not simply just a possession wide receiver. In fact, his speed may be his best attribute. Kelly runs a sub 4.5 40-yard dash, and is a big time deep threat. Add in his soft hands, and that's one magnificently talented wide receiver.

Kelly put his wheels to use in his junior year. He only caught 26 passes, but really made each one count. Kelly somehow managed to gain 826 yards, which averages out to a jaw dropping 31.7 yards per catch. Defenses simply didn't have an answer for the elite wide out, who is also considered one of the top players in Texas.

However, as talented as Kelly may be, one of his best traits may be his personality. Wide Receivers are generally viewed as prima donnas. However, Kelly is an extremely well mannered and articulate young man. He also has the drive to become the best player he can be. Rather than resting on his laurels, Kelly looks to improve every facet of his game. "I'd like to get stronger," Kelly said. "It used to be my speed but I've gotten my forty time down, so I guess strength and I'd like to work on my underneath game, working on my short routes."

Kelly holds an impressive offer list so far. Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Nebraska, and Iowa have all offered, among others. Tennessee has also offered. Kelly is giving the Vols a serious look. "Tennessee is in my top 5," Kelly said. I think right now my favorites are in no order: LSU, Tennessee, USC, Oklahoma, Texas." Kelly already knows a few things he'll be looking for in his future school. "I'll be looking for early playing time, and a balanced offense."


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