Kelly Is One Of Ohio's Finest

Kelly Is One Of Ohio's Finest

West Chester Lakota's Ryan Kelly is one of the finest offensive linemen in Ohio, and is ranked as the #15 prospect in the Buckeye state. Kelly, 6-foot-5, 280-pounds, has drawn a lot of recruiting interest, and currently holds five offers. Bill Greene checked in with this fine prospect to get the latest.

Ryan Kelly, West Chester (OH) Lakota, is currently ranked as the #15 prospect in Ohio, and he is receiving a lot of recruiting interest from several top programs.

"I have offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana, Boston College and Syracuse," Kelly said of his offer list. "I'm also hearing from North Carolina Stare, Alabama, Stanford, Iowa, USC, South Carolina, Illinois and Michigan."

Kelly, 6-foot-5, 280-pounds, has taken a few unofficial visits, and is hoping to get out to more schools in the coming months. He discussed the schools that have offered, and a few he's hoping will offer.

"I've been to Indiana, and I think they're on the right track," he stated. "Louisville has a new staff, and I think they seem to be headed in the right direction. Cincinnati is now a dominant program, and I think the new staff is great. They've done a lot in the past three years, and have moved up in college football. Boston College has great tradition with developing offensive linemen. I don't know too much about Syracuse right now, but I hope to learn more about them."

"I will be taking a visit to Alabama over spring break," he continued. "I got to know them when they recruited Jordan Hicks, and they said they're interested. I've been to Cincinnati a lot, and will be going back over the next few weeks. I've been to Notre Dame, and I like those guys a lot. I've been to Michigan for junior day, and I'm hoping for an offer. They just started recruiting me recently, so I went up there to check it out, and I liked it. After speaking to Coach (Rich) Rodriguez, I'd have to say I'm very interested in Michigan."

Although it is not etched in stone that Kelly won't wander too far from home, he admits distance could play a part in his eventual decision.

"Distance could play a part, because I'm pretty sure I don't want to be more than six hours away," he stated. "I'm looking more at schools you can drive to, rather than those you have to fly to. I've seen a lot of kids go far away, but not be able to get home much at all, during the school year."

With the home-state Ohio State Buckeyes having already landed a commitment from center prospect Brian Bobek (Palatine, Illinois), there doesn't seem to be much of a chance of an offer being extended.

"I got to know them a little bit when they were recruiting Hicks," he said of Ohio State. "I've spoken to them a couple times, but I don't think they're interested. They just landed a center a few weeks ago, so I don't think there's going to be anything happening with Ohio State."

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