Huskies In A Good Spot For Kelly

It's always nice to have an "in" with a talented athlete who is heading into his senior season and that's exactly where Washington find themselves with Salesian (Los Angeles, Ca.) ATH Jeremy Kelly whose older brother, Jermaine, is a redshirt freshman with UW. How much will that connection play into where the younger Kelly winds up and where do the Huskies stand? Read on to find out...

"I'm really high on Washington. I love it there," Kelly told "My brother loves it up there and he keeps recruiting me and telling me I need to get up there and play with him again because when he was a senior and I was a sophomore, he played corner and I was at safety and he wants that again, so yeah, he's definitely giving me some good words about U-Dub."

In addition to his offer from the Huskies, Kelly also has full rides from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah and Wisconsin and he said two schools are expected to jump in with offers shortly.

"Oklahoma and Oregon are both after me hard and they have told me that an offer is close, so I think it'll happen soon with them," Kelly said.

The talented two-way athlete noted that plenty of schools have been through and that the Huskies are definitely a school showing him a lot of interest, although, at this point, he's unsure which side of the ball they want him on.

"It's funny because coach (Brent) Pease was recruiting me and he's their wide receivers coach, so I figured they liked me at wideout, but now coach (Jimmy) Lake is the one talking to me and he's their DB coach, so it's sorta changing I think," Kelly said. "I'm honestly fine with playing on either side of the ball. At first, I was thinking I definitely wanted to play receiver, but then I started to think about it and I love playing DB too, so really, it doesn't matter to me. I just want to help the team any way that I can and if I can get on the field quicker on defense, then I'm fine with that."

As a junior this past season, Kelly had 40 receptions for 842 yards and four touchdowns and posted 30 tackles and two interceptions from his spot in the secondary.

"I just like to make plays and I have good instincts and I'm quick in and out of my breaks, so I think I can play well on either side of the ball," Kelly said. "I just like to compete and get out there and beat the guy I am going against."

As far as camps are concerned, the only camp he is planning to attend other than the one his team will take part in is the Washington Rising Stars camp.

"Jermaine was like 'you're coming up here to work out' and he registered me to be there, so I'm definitely going to that one," Kelly said with a chuckle. "Other than that, I'm just focused on my team stuff and getting ready for my senior season."

We will continue to keep in touch with Kelly over the next few months and we will update news on him as it happens.

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