Oak Park (Mich.) 2015 athlete John Kelly is receiving interest from multiple Big Ten schools. He…
‘15 MI CB John Kelly Visits UM, Feels at Home
Now, Kelly is starting to take his college tours of campuses around the state. On Friday, he was able to make his way to Ann Arbor, Mich. to check out the Wolverines' spring scrimmage.
"When I went up there it was real nice," Kelly told GoBlueWolverine. "And they were welcoming to all our students that came up there. We came up there with (Oak Park coach Greg Carter) and everything. So it was real nice.
"They were real physical out there. We came up there when they were scrimmaging and everything. They were really competing up there. Everybody was competing to get a spot."
At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Kelly is being recruited as a cornerback by the Michigan coaching staff. While at the practice, Kelly said he focused on watching a few cornerbacks in particular.
"I was watching Delonte Hollowell," he said. "He was looking pretty good up there. He was playing on the outside when I seen him. I was watching him and Terry Richardson. I think they were running with the twos and threes. But I was watching them for a minute. They were holding their own against all the receivers I seen them go against. They were looking pretty good."
Kelly, who stars for the Detroit Maximum Exposure 7-on-7 football team, is familiar with a lot of Michigan players who played for the club team, as well. He said being familiar with the current players already make him fell like "home" in Ann Arbor.
"That they really welcome me there," he explained. "It feels like I will still be at home. I know so many people up there. So it will be real good. I'm pretty close with Dennis Norfleet. He tells me they're a really good program. And they are starting to recruit the city a lot (or Detroit). So, they will give me a chance to play when I come in, if I'm ready."
On his visit, Kelly said he had an opportunity to talk with Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson.
"He was telling me to pretty much keep on track and continue what I am doing and everything will fall into place," Kelly said on his talk with Jackson.
So does this mean a Michigan offer is in Kelly's future?
"Yeah, I think it should come, " Kelly said on a possible offer. "I honestly do. Because I am putting in a lot of hard work. And I think they're starting to take a notice to it."
Kelly said he would like to come back for the Michigan spring game next month. He said he would like to check out the U-M academic center on his next visit. While the Maize and Blue have yet to offer, he said a Michigan offer would make them his clear but favorite.
"Most likely if they are the first team to offer—that would make feel just like home," he said.
Currently, Kelly has no offers on the table. However, he will be taking visits to top programs around the country in the spring and summer.
"I should be going to the Notre Dame camp, the Michigan camp and the Western Michigan camp, because it's going to be at my high school," he said. "So I will be attending that one, too. And I will be going to Ohio State and Alabama."
Kelly said he also planning a visit to Michigan State on Friday.
When Kelly starts to take more campus visits, he said he's looking for playing opportunity and good academics. He plans an signing day decision after his senior season.
"I'm looking for them to welcome me and present me an opportunity to be a part of their program. I'm not looking forward to rushing my anything at this point," he said.
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