“TCU was kind of out of nowhere,” said Kelly. “They randomly started following me on Twitter, so I followed them back and they said they were offering me.”
Kelly’s offer sheet reads like a Who’s Who of college football, with offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado State, Florida State, Fresno State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, TCU, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin.
A couple more could be closing in too.
With all of the offers, Kelly said that it’s been a fun process and not been too difficult.
“I wouldn’t say it’s overwhelming or anything, I’m used to it now,” said Kelly. “It’s not a big deal to me and I’m not really stressing on anything. And I’m not in any rush to make a decision. I’m just lucky to have all of these top programs after me.”
One of the schools that had been high on Kelly’s list, UCLA, had a coaching change that will have some effect on him. Jeff Ulbrich, the Bruins’ former defensive coordinator, left for the Atlanta Falcons, and he has been recruiting Kelly.
“I liked Coach Ulbrich a lot, so that does have an effect on me, because I looked at him as someone I want to play for,” said Kelly. “But UCLA as a school looks like a movie set and it’s an awesome place. The coach I was being recruited by is gone but I still talk with Coach (Taylor) Mazzone, he’s my area recruiter and Coach (Jim) Mora a lot too. So they’re still definitely in the mix.”
Kelly camped with the Bruins last year and plans to do a number of camps this spring and summer while playing 7v7.
“Playing 7v7 is fun and I’m getting better every time I play,” said Kelly. “I like to do more outside linebacker and I think I’ll play longer there, but I could play inside too and hit people. I’m working a lot on outside linebacker this spring.”
Kelly knows his offer list will continue to grow and he has a time frame for when the trims will come.
“I want to have a top 10 or 11 by summer time and then have a top five by the season, and then those will probably be my five visits. But I could have more if my finalists are from California, then I’ll take visits to some other schools and take unofficials there,” said Kelly.
Academically, Kelly has a 3.4 and will take the ACT and SAT in the spring.