4-star quarterback Chad Kelly announced Thursday afternoon that he plans to attend Clemson University to play football for the Tigers. Kelly announced the good news at a press conference at the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute gymnasium in front of family and friends.
Before announcing his decision publically the Buffalo, NY standout told TheClemsonInsider.com why he decided to be a Tiger.
“Clemson has been great to me through all of this,” said Kelly.
The coaching staff was a major reason for Chad selecting Clemson.
“I love the staff at Clemson,” said Kelly.
During his press conference Chad talked about why he selected the Tigers.
“First, I fell in love with Clemson the first time I visited the school and it all started with Head Coach Swinney, who not only really knows the game, but how to get the players prepared in school and in life,” said Kelly.
First year offensive coordinator Chad Morris made landing Kelly a major priority and all of the hard work paid off with the commitment to the Tigers.
“I’m really excited to play in Coach Morris’s wide open offense and the way they keep defenses off balance,” Kelly continued. “I’ve had the best relationship with Coach Morris from day one. I believe he gives me the best opportunity to be prepared for the future. Clemson also had one of the top recruiting classes in the country for 2011. I can’t forget to mention the academic side of it. They really put a major emphasis on the academics and making sure we all get a degree.”
As a junior the prize recruit passed for 2,159 yards with 24 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Kelly completed 55 percent of his passes and rushed for 1,057 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Chad is the nephew of former NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
A number of top programs have offered the dual-threat quarterback including Alabama, Florida State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Syracuse, Rutgers, Michigan State and Louisville.
Kelly becomes the ninth commitment for the Tiger’s class of 2012.