Kelly Opens Up Recruitment

Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian defensive back Jermaine Kelly took an official visit to Boise State over the weekend and loved his trip. In fact, Kelly loved the visit so much, he has decided to de-commit from UCLA and will now open up the recruiting process...

Jermaine Kelly committed to UCLA at the end the of the summer and his commitment looked rock solid. He took a visit to Washington and checked out Boise State this past weekend. The trip to Boise really made a big impression and Kelly said he'll now open up the process.

"I really didn't expect to see what I saw out there in Boise," Kelly said. "I loved the city, the campus and the coaching staff. Boise State was one of the first schools to recruit me and that's really the only reason I decided to take the visit. I wanted to visit out of respect to their staff who believed in me early on but my eyes were opened.

"The staff saw my senior tape and said they wanted to feature me on offense, defense and returning kicks. That's something I've always wanted to do but no one else ever said that to me. The players on the team are just one big family and they have such a close bond with the coaches.

"Everyone talks about family but at Boise, I could really feel it and that really made an impact on me. I love the defense they play and both corners will probably be high round draft picks when they come out, it's just a great football program that wins consistenly and always puts players in to the League."

Kelly said he came home Sunday night and just crashed but called UCLA head coach Jim Mora on Monday.

"I love Coach Mora, he's a great man and a great coach," Kelly said. "I told him I wanted to open things up and he said, ‘no way, we need you here, I'm not letting you go like that.' He wants me to come to practice on Saturday and wants to come and visit me at my house. He joked around with me and made me feel really good and I'm so comfortable with him.

"It was hard to tell him that I had to do this and I think he understood. After we talked, he called me right back and said he wanted to make sure I knew how much he liked me and wanted me to be a Bruin. I've always wanted to be a Bruin, that was my school growing up but I feel like I have to do this. I'm still going to consider UCLA but I'm open to everyone right now and just need to play this out."

Washington coaches Keith Heyward and Justin Wilcox were already planning to come in for a home visit on Tuesday. Kelly said Coach Petersen from Boise State will be over in January and assistant coaches have already been in to see him.

"I like Boise State and Washington right now but I want to stress this, I'm open to anyone who wants to recruit me. I'm now down to just these two schools or anything, I want to play this out. I had a visit to Houston for this weekend but I'm just going to take the weekend off and really think things over. My head is still spinning from all this, I'm pretty exhausted to be honest so I want to take a step back and just really re-evaluate everything."

The loss of Kelly is a huge blow to UCLA. Although not rated as high, you can make a strong argument that no corner in the entire West region has as much upside as Kelly. He's a 6-1, explosive athlete that has the ball skills and the size to make an immediate impact at the next level.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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