Kelly is a tough runner for the Dons

Sometimes players rotate with other players and thus their stats don't reflect how good they are. Santa Ana RB Bryson Kelly (6-1, 218) is a big-back that had a solid freshman season even though he shared carries with several other backs. caught up with the physical runner recently and he updated us on recruiting as well as what he's focused on improving this offseason.

"I'm really working on my quickness a lot," Kelly told " I've been doing the speed ladder and we do agility drills all the time, so it's been something I've been focused on and what I want to get better at."

Kelly prepped at Kamiak High School north of Seattle in the state of Washington, but he didn't get a lot of notice even though he was a solid player for a good program.

As a freshman for the Dons in 2007, Kelly managed to gain 589 yards and nine touchdowns while garnering All-Conference recognition for his efforts.

"I started, but I shared carries because we had some pretty good backs," Kelly noted. "I also missed a couple of games because of an injury, so my numbers weren't as good as they could have been."

Earlier this month, Kelly took part in the southern California Combine held at Cerritos College and he had a solid day, but he rolled an ankle so he wasn't able to run.

"I run a 4.53 forty, but I wasn't able to that day because I rolled my ankle in the shuttle," Kelly said. "I had a 4.31 shuttle, a 35-inch vertical and I did 19 reps of 225 on the bench."

On the recruiting front, Kelly is already hearing from a few four-year programs.

"TCU, Utah, Wyoming and Montana have all been recruiting me pretty hard," Kelly said. "They all said they like how I get yards after contact and I don't go down right away.

"Montana is close to offering me and that would be cool, but I'm going to wait and take some visits before I decide anything so I'm pretty much open to everyone."

Kelly expects to finish his two-year degree in May of 2009 and he'll have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

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