Three-star Daiquan Kelly is closing in on a decision. He released his top four schools on Monday and…
Rutgers Visit Gives Kelly Different View
Union City (N.J.) High safety Daiquan Kelly spent the winter and spring making visits, picking up offers and listing leaders and a top five. Following a Friday visit to Rutgers in which he spent approximately six hours meeting with the coaching staff and talking with players, Kelly said he has a top five, but he was keeping it to himself. A month ago, Kelly named Rutgers, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Virginia as leaders. He is trying to visit Michigan State and camp at Penn State in the summer, but does not have dates set. All but Penn State have offered. "I'm still evaluating the top five colleges I like," Kelly said. "I'm still deciding. I'm keeping those quiet." His trip to Rutgers was his second in a month, but it gave him a different look at a program he already thought he knew well. "It's because I got to speak to the players," the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Kelly said. "I never got a chance to speak to them before. The players are what made it different, and the players I got to speak with were (Keith) Lumpkin and Nadir (Barnwell). What the coaches didn't tell me, that's what they were telling me, like how it's a family, and how it's different from every other college. It was getting into my mind and everything sounded great. "They were talking about how everybody is a big family, and if you go to other colleges, it's like people hate each other and they have arguments, but there everybody is together." Kelly also met with the defensive coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, who stopped at Union City twice during the spring evaluation period. "He's always staying in touch with me,' Kelly said. "He's always asking me about what I'm doing, and how I'm doing, my grades, everything." So what does Kelly see when he looks at Rutgers now? "I see a great coaching staff that is similar to the coaching staff I have now," he said. Kelly plans to decide on a school before the start of his senior season.
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