May 9, 2011

Chad Kelly waiting to hear from Pack

Offensive coordinator Dana Bible was in upstate New York late last week, checking out prep gun slinger Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, on Thursday at his school. The Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph's product worked out in front of the Pack's offensive guru in hopes of landing an offer from the Red and White.

"Coach Bible came up and he loved everything about me before he even came up," the junior reported. "He loved my film and he just wanted to see how good I was able to throw and everything. There were windy conditions and I still thought I did pretty well. He was definitely really pleased so hopefully we will hear back from them soon.

"Coach Bible was awesome. He definitely has a good resume and everything. He throws the ball around a good bit, that's for sure, and he's not afraid to start a freshman or sophomore, whoever is the best player plays and that is what I like about him."

Throwing in windy conditions is nothing new for Kelly, who mentioned he has been throwing in subpar conditions as far back as he can remember at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.Y.. Growing up in Buffalo is definitely an advantage for quarterbacks, according to Kelly.

"The weather definitely plays a big role in playing up here," he said. "You get used to it after a while. I've been throwing in the Bills' stadium for 10-15 years since I was a little kid with my uncle, so I'm used to it. You definitely have to have a strong arm up here."

Kelly currently holds 13 offers, but the list could be expanding any day. In addition to waiting to hear back from Bible and head coach Tom O'Brien, Tennessee was also at the workout last Thursday and could send an offer at any minute.

The quarterback's current offer list includes the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and Michigan State, among others. Kelly contends that it is still early in the recruiting process, and there are no favorites yet, but he and his family are working to change that. He has already seen Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Florida State, Syracuse, Clemson and Buffalo.

"All of the schools I have visited, I had a wonderful time with the coaching staff and everything," he said. "I'm trying to get more visits in to see what I like and what I don't like. There really aren't any top-top favorites. I definitely likes some schools and some schools are alright, but, right now, we're trying to get a feel for everybody. We'll find out who the favorites are in the future."

Kelly's Uncle Jim was inducted into the University of Miami's Hall of Fame in 1992 and several other ACC programs are in pursuit so the young signal caller could see a future following in his Uncles' footsteps, although it wouldn't necessarily be with the Hurricanes.

"ACC football is not bad at all, it's right below the SEC, I think," he said. "It's still great football. ACC schools plays against SEC schools and do very well. I know the conference, I could play on the east so I would definitely love playing in there."

Bible and the Pack coaches are hoping to convince Kelly to camp this summer in Raleigh, or at the very least, visit sometime in the future. He would like to fit it into his schedule, which is sure to be chock full of various campus stops across the country, and mentioned that he would like to finalize summer plans in the next week or so.

As a junior, the dual-threat Kelly threw for 2,159 yards and 24 touchdowns against just eight interceptions while also tucking the ball 86 times and rushing for 1,057 yards and another 15 scores. After seeing what Bible did with former quarterback Russell Wilson under center, he thinks he would make a great fit in the NC State offense.

"It's a great thing," he said. "I want to be able to show all of my skills, not just passing, but also running so I definitely like the offense they run."

With distance from home not being a factor in Kelly's recruitment, if the Pack extends an offer, they could become a major player for the prep standout.

"Coach Bible knows exactly what he is talking about," he said. "I feel like he could get me ready for the NFL and make me into a good college quarterback. They're definitely in the running, I would say.

"I'm just trying to go to theas many colleges as I can to find the right one and stick with it. It's definitely a big, long process but, hopefully, one morning, I'll wake up and just want to go to one school. I'm just praying to God every day that I find that right one."

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