Pennsylvania Placekicker Hitting Camp Circuit

Neshaminy placekicker Kevin Kelly may not be physically imposing, but he has a strong leg developed from years of practice. The left-footed Kelly booms the ball on a consistent basis, and gets it airborne quickly.

"Ever since I was born I've had leg strength," the 5-foot 7-inch kicker said. "I grew up playing soccer, and I've worked on kicking the football since middle school. Recently, I've been working on my hip strength, which should help me even more.

"I started out at a small camp at my middle school that was run by the high school coaches," Kelly recounted of his move to the gridiron. "One of the coaches saw me, and got me to the big camp, and I've been kicking ever since."

Kelly displayed his strength at West Virginia's one-day camp this summer, nailing a 52-yard field goal under pressure.

"The coaches let us play a little game at the end," Kelly recounted. "For every kick we made, the defense had to do five pushups, and for every miss, the offense had to do the same. They let the defense run at us and try to distract us."

To his credit, Kelly nailed every attempt during the brief contest, and displayed the kind of leg strength and accuracy that college coaches are looking for. He says his range is out to 55 yards off the ground, and 60 yards off a tee.

"I kicked off a 1 ½ inch tee last year, but I'm moving down to a one-inch block this year," Kelly explained. "Actually, I'm more consistent off the ground than I am off a tee, so I like kicking it that way."

As for the West Virginia camp, Kelly had something of an eye-opening experience.

"The camp was great. You can't get much better for a one-day camp than that. The coaches were very nice, and my parents came with me and we got to tour the campus beforehand. It was just gorgeous."

Kelly has also visited Penn State, Rutgers, and Virginia, but says that West Virginia had the nicest facilities that he's seen so far. In addition to the Nittany Lions, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Kent State, along with WVU, are showing the most interest in the rising senior. Kent State may be close to offering a scholarship, but Kelly says he plans to attend more camps this summer and keep working on his technique before making a decision.

"Coach Rodriguez told me he wanted me to come back to camps in June, work with the kicking coaches, and see how things go. I plan to do that, because I really liked it there. I'll go to kicking camps too, and keep working on my technique, and see what happens."

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