Commentary

Chad Kelly looking forward to a reunion

Originally Published: September 30, 2011
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph's quarterback Chad Kelly is taking another step in following the giant footsteps of his uncle, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

On Friday, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder accepted his Under Armour All-American game jersey and he will be one of the featured participants in the 2012 game.

"It's a great honor to be an Under Armour All-American and to follow in the fast-growing tradition of this game," Kelly said. "It's a great opportunity to spend the New Year in Florida, which is going to be a little warmer than Buffalo."

Kelly is a four-star prospect and rated as the fifth best quarterback in the Class of 2012. He had a terrific junior season with over 2,400 yards passing and a 1,000 yards rushing. He accounted for 39 touchdowns.

As a senior, Kelly already has 940 passing yards with eight touchdowns. He's added 360 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The Clemson commit has even boomed a 60-yard punt.

While his punting skills won't be needed on Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, he will have the opportunity to play with some of the nation's top offensive talents.

"It's an honor to play with these great players heading to major schools that are the top football players in their states," Kelly said.

Kelly, who participated in The Opening and Elite 11 showcases has had opportunities to bond with several other players who will be featured in the game.

"I know Nelson Agholor real well and I've had a chance to hang out with a lot of the other guys like Reggie Ragland, Jay Guillermo and Patrick Destefano," Kelly said. "In a lot of ways it's going to be like another reunion when we get together in January."

Kelly committed to Clemson over offers from Florida State and Miami. He is enjoying a strong start to the season by his future program that has included back-to-back wins over Auburn and FSU.

"The offense looks great, especially Sammy Watkins," Kelly said. "He is tearing it up, that's for sure.

"I don't think anyone expected this from Clemson except for the people that bought into [offensive coordinator Chad Morris'] offense and the players that bought into it."

Kelly plans to get a closer look at Clemson when the Tigers travel to Maryland on Oct. 15 and is hoping to visit the campus on the weekend of Nov. 5.

Damon Sayles covers recruiting in the Midlands for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at dsaylesespn@gmail.com.

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation