Kelly Makes Return Trip to Storrs

Jimmy Kelly had been excited to get back on campus at Storrs since his last visit and finally was able to make a return trip this weekend to take part in camp activities on campus, hoping to earn a scholarship offer to what has now become his favorite program. Kelly talked to us about his experience at camp and whether or not he came away with the coveted scholarship offer.

Jimmy Kelly, a 5-foot-11, 183-pound wide receiver from Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Pa., made the trip to Storrs this weekend for camp hoping to nail down his first offer and perhaps the only one he would need from his current favorite. Kelly did not come away from Connecticut with a scholarship in hand, however the trip only helped to strengthen his feelings for the Husky program.

"I didn't get offered, but they did say they were really impressed with me, as were the coaches from other schools that were in attendance," Kelly said. "The Connecticut staff said they really wanted me to make a highlight film from my first three games this season and get it up to them quickly to evaluate, so I'll obviously be doing that in September."

"That was definitely the best camp I have attended so far and there was just great coaching there from the Connecticut staff and other coaches in attendance from around the area," Kelly explained. "Everyone was very friendly and knew who I was which felt really good and I just love the environment up there and atmosphere on campus. Even in the surrounding areas you can see there is so much support for the Connecticut teams as we passed a bunch of gas stations with "Go Huskies" signs in front of them. Obviously many are fans of the basketball program and it is awesome to have that on campus as well. I just feel really comfortable on campus, everything is brand new and state of the art and it's just a place I would love to go."

The Husky coaching staff has done a great job with Kelly so far, keeping in constant contact with the Norristown, Pa., native and making a great impression on him and his family members.

"Coach (Matt Cersosimo) and I talk a lot and I like that he is constantly in contact with me, making sure I know what is going on," Kelly stated. "I love his energy and he is a great coach who knows what he is talking about. He did a great job teaching at camp, identifying problems and teaching me how to correct them. Coach (Randy) Edsall is also a great guy and spoke to my family this weekend. We also got the chance to meet with Coach (Todd) Orlando who made a very good first impression."

Kelly spoke about what he sees in the future for the Husky football program and was very up front in what his approach would be like if he eventually ended up with an offer from the program.

"They have ridiculous facilities, are doing a great job recruiting and have an excellent coaching staff, so I see them as a team on the rise who will be a big contender in the Big East in a very short amount of time," Kelly explained. "They are definitely my favorite right now and if they offered I would probably take an official there and work off of that, but I really think that Connecticut is where I want to go. My father asked me that on the car ride home and I think it is a decision that I would be completely comfortable making at this point."

Over a two year span at Lansdale Catholic High School Kelly has caught 54 passes for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Crusaders had an excellent wide receiver tandem this past season with Kelly and teammate Mickey Kahrs and could have an absolutely blistering passing attack next season with solid play at the quarterback position.

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