First Offer for San Mateo CB Kelly

Playing cornerback isn't easy at any level, but when you've only played it for two years and you want to play Division-1 football it can be about the most intimidating task for a on the football field.

San Mateo CB Ryan Kelly is one of those players, but he's taking strides to get his cover fundamentals down and his football career back on track.

"I was at Montana State University the past two years," Kelly told  "I had never played cornerback before so I redshirted as a freshman and then played in three games last year.  I just didn't feel like I was learning enough (at Montana State), so I talked to my friend who is a real good corner for them and he said I should get coached up by a better coach and that's when I found out about San Mateo and their head coach who coaches DBs good.

"I'm from southern California and my mom said she didn't want me to stay in school down near where I grew up and that she wanted to me to get out of town so I could get a good education without the distractions.  That and the coaching is why I chose San Mateo."

Kelly stands 5-9 and weighs in at a solid 183 pounds and he cites his quickness and speed as assets when covering receivers. 

On the recruiting front Kelly is hearing from several schools including Toledo – who offered him recently – UNLV, Fresno State, San Jose State and Iowa State.  "Some schools have said they want to offer me because they like my skills, but since there isn't a lot of film on me they want to see how I develop over the summer and into next fall," Kelly said.

Next fall will be his third year in college, so playing time will be a factor in where he decides to play.

"I don't care where I play, but I'm going to be looking at depth charts a lot," Kelly said referring to his two to play two status.  "Education comes first, but since I only have two years of eligibility left I need to go to a place that I can showcase my skills.  If that's in the Big 12 with Iowa State that's great, if that's in the Pac 10 that's cool too.  I don't really care.  I just want the chance to play D-1 and have a chance at the (NFL)."

Kelly plans to major in Business Management and would like to minor in Psychology wherever he ends up and will finish his AA degree in December with the thought he would be able to take in spring practices in 2007.


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