Caleb Kelly is a fantastic prospect and easily among the most athlete linebackers in the West region. You can tell he has spent a lot of time this off-season in the weight room as he physically looks at least 15 pounds heavier than he did a year ago on a rock solid 6-3 frame.
Kelly played a physical game, redirecting anyone who came in his area and had several plays where he jammed a receiver or tight end right in to the ground. He can drop and cover like a safety and closes very well on the ball. He's only going to get better and stronger and when you combine his size, athleticism and play making ability, his upside is tremendous.
On the recruiting front, Kelly released his top 10 earlier today and there weren't too many surprises on there.
"I am truly blessed to have received the offers that I have and I'm thankful for the relationships I've built with so many coaches," Kelly said. "I feel it's time to start narrowing down some of these schools I've been offered by, so in no order, this is my top 10.
"Right now, I have TCU, Notre Dame, Alabama, Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan and LSU. Again, that's in no order and those are the schools that I have the best relationships with."
Kelly has already taken unofficial visits to California, Stanford, UCLA and USC in-state along with Oklahoma. He mentioned over the weekend that UCLA and Oklahoma were the two visits that really stood out so it's not surprising to see both schools make the cut.
Later this spring, Kelly will take two more unofficial visits.
"I'm going to Michigan March 13 and Alabama July 13," Kelly said. "My 7 on 7 coach, Tony Perry, is speaking at the Michigan coaching clinic and I'm coming along to check things out. He also set up the visit to Bama for me. I'm sure I'll do a couple more, but these are the only two I have right now.
"I'm excited to see the Big House and all the tradition at Michigan. I have a lot of respect for Coach Harbaugh as well, he's a great coach. Bama just wins and I love how hard they go. The coaches don't mess around there, they'll yell and scream and do whatever it takes to get the best out of you. I'm planning to take all five of my official visits and won't commit anywhere until Signing Day."
The feeling from some close to Kelly's recruitment is Oklahoma and UCLA could be the teams to beat but there's obviously a long way to go between now and Signing Day.