September 19, 2013

Kelly impressing Baylor

Baylor has known Wylie athlete Kameron Kelly long enough to know that he could be an option if it missed on other possibilities.

Kelly (6-3, 200) attended the March 23 junior day and the June 7 camp at Lake Highlands. So the coaching staff is well aware of what this rising 2-star athlete could bring.

After John Bonney committed to Texas, the Bears have been looking at alternatives for a safety in their 2014 class. Last week against Mesquite Poteet, Baylor linebackers coach Jim Gush was in attendance and reiterated Baylor's plan to further its recruiting efforts. The Bears have not offered.

Kelly is the Pirate's starting quarterback but he's also flexed out at running back and wide receiver. He has touchdowns at all three positions, accounting for 773 total yards and nine touchdowns. He's also played on defense in the secondary at...wait for safety.

"Coach [Jim] Gush likes my versatility at wide receiver and defensive back,'' Kelly said. "It's fun to play safety. I'm comfortable at doing it. I feel like I have a pretty good football IQ because I play quarterback, I can get a feel for what's going on when I'm on defense.''

Kelly has been a known commodity. Lower division schools including Florida A&M and Alabama A&M have offered. The Division I interest has been tepid. Offers from New Mexico and Louisiana-Monroe could be coming.

But the reason for the hesitation has been partly due to Kelly's injury as a junior. He broke an elbow and missed most of the 2012 season. Baylor and other schools want to see his film through these first three games. That should be coming out shortly.
What they Baylor coaching staff already likely knows is that Kelly isn't short on confidence.

"If I'm playing safety…if the ball is in the air, there's no way, I shouldn't win it,'' he said. "I know I can jump and make a play.''

Look for a little more on Kelly in Friday's Baylor Blitz.

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