Chaffey LB will visit MAC school in June

Late-qualifiers who can sign in the summer are a way of life for JUCO head coaches and Chaffey could lose their defensive leader this summer if LB Dallas Kelley (6-0, 227) likes what he sees from the MAC school he will visit in June. got the low-down on recruiting from the tackling-machine and he also filled us in on what makes him such a special player...

Kelley was a standout prep at Norco High School in California and signed with Portland State, but once head coach Jerry Glanville stepped down, he decided he needed a change of scenery.

"Things just weren't right for me there," Kelley admitted to recently. "I wanted to see what else was open for me since I wasn't comfortable anymore, so I came down here and I had a pretty good season."

Kelley dominated the competition in 2009, leading the Panthers with 74 tackles while also notching 3.5 sacks and garnering First Team All-Conference honors.

"I'm a sideline-to-sideline linebacker," Kelley said. "I have good instincts and I can run pretty well. My coaches used me on blitzes and at the MIK (middle) linebacker spot, so I was in the middle of the action all the time."

Besides his outstanding Football I.Q., Kelly also possesses the overall strength and athleticism necessary to be successful, posting a 4.56 forty time, a 4-flat short-shuttle and a 345-pound bench press.

Because he was a full-qualifier out of high school and he'll have his AA degree following summer school, Kelley is being courted by a couple of four-year programs, one of which will get a visit out of him next month.

"I'm visiting Kent State right before the start of summer school in June," Kelley said. "I'm not sure of the exact date yet, but that's the plan.

"New Mexico State and Idaho have both offered me too, but I haven't set anything up with them and Eastern Michigan and Idaho State have also been recruiting me.

"Boise State and Nevada both want me after the season, so they might also be options if I choose to stay and play this fall."

Should Kelley leave this summer he will have three years to play three, however if he plays at Chaffey this fall he will have two years to play two following the season.

We'll keep track of Kelley's progress this summer and we'll update news as it happens.

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