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Versatility is an asset for Ohio lineman

by VolNation Staff on June 2, 2010

in Tennessee Vols Football Recruiting

Ryan KellyWest Chester, OH.- Over the last few weeks several players have added some top offers to their resume. As often happens in the spring evaluation period, coaches are able to fly around the country and take a look at the nation’s top prospects in person, not just on tape. Coaches all over have racked up the frequent flyer miles for the last month and are winding down the spring evaluation period. Lakota West high was a popular stop for many coaches. Ryan Kelly is the reason why. With versatility one of the most popular assets for coaches right now, Kelly fills that requirement. He can play anywhere on the line including center. At 6’4″ 265 pounds he has adequate size to add growth or remain a little lighter on his feet. Alabama Tennessee, and Florida State were a few schools among many to jump on board in recent weeks.

“I’m up to 13 total offers now. Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, and Michigan some of my most recent offers. Notre Dame has been in and out, they are kind of the only school I’m really hoping to hear from. I don’t have any favorites or top groups at this time. All of the schools are recruiting me pretty hard, but none are pushing me for a decision. I’m going to take my trips, and we’ll see what happens.”

Summer time often is a chance for some recruits to take several trips to get a better idea about where they feel comfortable. Ryan has already been active with visits, and has several more planned for this summer.

“Well I’m 20 minutes from Cincinnati so distance wise that one works out. I will visit Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and Florida State all within a month period. I’m also hoping to go to Michigan again as well. I’ve already visited Purdue, Indiana, Louisville, Cincinnati, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Alabama.”

Ryan also had some big news to share. He has been selected and committed to playing in the Under Armour game this January.

“I was just selected for the Under Armour game and I’m excited to play in it. Jordan Hicks played in it last year and told me how much he loved the game. It’s an honor.”

Ryan took some time to talk about a few schools and his interest in them.

“Tennesssee, I was down about a month ago for the spring game. I met with the new staff there. I like the state, the campus. I met with the offensive line coach there and he seemed pretty cool. A few weeks later they came up to watch me at a practice and they offered right after.”

“FSU, just started recruiting me. Coach Hudson is from here. His offensive line coach is now my offensive line coach. Coach Trickett came in a month ago, talked philosophy with me. He’s a different guy but great. I think he likes me more at tackle.”

“Alabama, well Jordan Hicks is obviously a great linebacker and had a lot of great things to say about coach Sunseri. Coach Sunseri recruited him and is recruiting me. I like him a lot he seems like a great guy. He took down my number last year and this year I went down for a spring practice to watch with my dad. We also got to tour the facilities. It was a great visit.”

For Ryan playing anywhere on the line is not a problem as he has the experience.

“I played sophomore year at guard, junior year at center and tackle. I’m not sure which I’ll play in college but it doesn’t matter to me. The coaches tell me I have really good feet for my size. I know my strength has gone up a lot so that helps. I’m just looking for a school that has great academics, my major, criminal justice, and if a degree is credible in that field. I’m also looking for a good football team and if I would live there after football. I was hoping to commit before senior season, but when the time comes I’ll know what to do.”

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