Kelly Is One To Watch This Fall

Nassau OT Alton Kelly (6-6, 295) has yet to see any offer roll in, but that is probably because this will only be his second season playing along the offensive line. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented prospect recently and he updated us on where things stand for him...

Kelly enjoyed a solid prep career in Lakeview, New York, but he was unable to get qualified, so he initially signed with Lackawanna and spent the 2012 season redshirting with the Falcons.

"I was a tight end there and I worked out with them all season, but I just wasn't happy there, so I decided to leave and come back up here to Nassau because it was closer to my home and I liked the staff here a lot," Kelly told JCFootball.com. "I just felt like playing along the offensive line was a better fit for me and they had some playing time available after the guys from last year left, so I just worked there all season and I played in about four or five games in 'mop up' duty because I was playing behind Chad (Mavety) who was one of the top linemen in the country last year."

Since this is only his second year of playing offensive line, Kelly has been hard at work this offseason, working on pretty much everything, but he's focused his attention on one major area.

"I feel like I am a better pass-blocker, but I also know I still have a lot of work to do in that area too," Kelly said. "I already have good footwork and I move pretty well, but I need to get my technique better and just get more sound in that area.

"I also am working on keeping my arms extended better and using my hands better."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side, but that should change after coaches get a look at him this spring and also during the season when he makes his debut as a starter.

"I've talked to a couple of schools -- Buffalo, Fordham, South Florida and Temple -- but they all want to see more film on me, so I need to get that out after spring ball," Kelly said.

Kelly is on pace to graduate in December with his two year degree and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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