Connecticut a Perfect Ten

Less then a week ago Norristown, Pa., native Jimmy Kelly told he was so anxious to get to Connecticut that he'd be calling the coaching staff to schedule a visit. Apparently that process didn't take too long, as he was on campus at Storrs three days later.

As one of the top wide receivers in the Philadelphia area, 6-foot, 195-pound Lansdale Catholic standout Jimmy Kelly will be a coveted player in recruiting in the Northeast this season. One of the schools Kelly was excited to learn more about was Connecticut and this weekend he made the trip with his family to see what the Huskies had to offer.

"It was awesome," Kelly exclaimed. "I mean absolutely awesome. We got in on Friday night and stayed at the Nathan Hale Inn and got taken around campus by one of the graduate assistants. He also took us on a tour of the complex which was absolutely ridiculous and then we met up with Coach SOS (Matt Cersosimo) at 8:45."

"I sat down with them and took in a wide receiver meeting that lasted until near 10:00 and then went over and watched them practice and scrimmage," Kelly stated. "They were so much more in depth then what I'm used to at practice in terms of route running and preparation at the receiver position. They were also using tennis ball machines and catching actual tennis balls which I thought was pretty cool. I haven't seen that before."

"The facilities were the best I've seen so far, they were so….I don't have the words for it….just beyond everyone else I guess. The stuff they had was really high tech and they said schools from around the country come and check out what they have to use at their places."

Kelly has yet to receive his first offer and was hoping to secure one from Connecticut this weekend, but that did not end up happening. We asked him where Connecticut stood in terms of his favorites and what feedback he got from the coaching staff on his particular recruitment.

"They said they liked my size and speed on film and want me to come up for a one day camp in either June or July," Kelly explained. "As for me, I like it a lot up there. The campus was beautiful and it was like a little city in itself. The people were all so nice and the coaches went out of their way to talk to you. Both of my parents really liked it too and I'd give the visit a 10 out of 10! Even after the visit I got a text message on Easter morning from Coach SOS wishing me and my family a Happy Easter."

As a junior at Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Pa., Kelly was fifth in the Pioneer Athletic Conference in receiving, hauling in 25 catches for 454 yards and four touchdowns. He will be participating in the Combine in Randolph, N.J., on April 15th.

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