By Ashley Denny.
TCI had a chance to speak with dual threat quarterback Chad Kelly, out of Buffalo, NY about how his recruiting process is going so far, what he thought of his first visit to Clemson last weekend, and what advice his uncle NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly had for him as he started his process of choosing a school.
First of all Chad, how are you enjoying the recruiting process so far?
It’s going good so far, I’ve had a lot of reporters calling me and asking me where their school stands, and some coaches calling too, but I’ve had more coaches coming and visiting me than calling. But overall it’s going very well I’m enjoying it.
How many offers have you received so far?
I’ve received 11 so far but will be receiving a few more offers within a week or so when coaches come and visit my school to see me throw, there are a few schools that like to offer in person instead of through letter. But I’ve received offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Syracuse, Purdue, Buffalo, Western Michigan, Cincinnati and a few others.
Where else have you visited other than Clemson?
I’ve visited Syracuse, Buffalo, and am going to visit Florida State on Thursday but I’m planning several other visits before I make my decision.
Was this your first trip to Clemson?
Yes, this was my first trip to Clemson but let me tell you, the Tigers really set the bar high which is a good and bad thing. Good because I’m happy that it was such a great visit but bad because I wish I had visited later on in the process so that it was closer to decision time.
What were the highlights of your visit?
I’d have to say watching the game. The offense is going to be so powerful; I’m really excited to see them in action this season. Coach Morris runs the same exact offense as I do at my high school, a combination of both running and passing. It’s an offense that I can definitely see myself playing in and fitting into easily.
What did Coach Swinney say to you in your one on one interview with him before you left?
First, he told me that if I decided on coming to Clemson I would have a chance to come right in and compete for the starting job, which will be a big factor in making my decision. Also, he expressed to me that the people in Clemson are genuine, which is something that I saw in him and everyone else I met, he said that they were one big family, which is something I’m looking for in the school I choose. He also said that academics were very important at Clemson and I attend a private school so academics have always been important to me.
What advice did your uncle Jim Kelly give to you as started visiting colleges and being recruited?
He said that it was my decision to make and that wherever I chose to go I would be there for the next four years, if not longer. He also told me to cherish this opportunity and not take it for granted because there are a lot of good football players that don’t get the chance to play college football.
When are you planning on making your decision?
I’m hoping to make my decision in June sometime. I want to make the decision before my season starts so that I can focus all of my energy on my senior football season and feel comfortable that I chose the right school, not having this big decision weighing on me throughout my last season.