And since the injury to teammate Jackie Bates, Kelly is now flashing his versatility in the offensive backfield, carrying the ball for the Spartans.
"It's real cool playing running back," Kelly said. "I was playing tight end before, but the coaches wanted me to start carrying the ball, and I've done well," said Kelly.
He has rushed for nearly 500 yards and 12 touchdowns for De La Salle who, as usual, are unbeaten. Defensively, he is averaging 11 tackles a game for the Spartan D. He had his real coming-out party in the win over Evangel Christian from Louisiana, where he rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries and a pair of TDs in the nationally televised game on ESPN2.
"That was a fun game, but when you come to De La Salle, you get to play big games like that all the time," said Kelly.
So far, Kelly has 13 offers to date, the most recent being a big one, from UCLA.
"(UCLA assistant) coach Jon Embree called me after one of our games and he offered me a scholarship. UCLA is one of my top schools," said Kelly. "I talk to Mo ( Maurice Drew) a lot about school and he tells me about the coaches, the school, and the team. He really likes it there."
With the Spartans poised for another section title, Kelly is focusing on that, so he won't take any official trips until the end of the season. But he has set up three visits for the end of the season already. Kelly will visit Arizona State on December 12th, UCLA December 19th, and then Oregon on January 9th.
"I don't know what my timetable will be (for a decision). I'll take my trips and find the right school for me, then make my decision. I could wait until signing day or I could make the decision when I feel it's right," said Kelly.
He hopes to be invited to the CaliFlorida Bowl, which would allow him to follow several other Spartans who have played in it before. "I am hoping to be asked to play in it. It looks like a fun game and I know Mo had a good time when he played in it last year. It would be an honor."
Kelly looks to have the academics to qualify for UCLA admission.