Oh, hey everyone. It’s kind of been a while. I’ve emerged from a huge stack of floor plans and paperwork to find a four-star recruit on the doorstep. Today the Hokies accepted a commitment from Oscar Smith athlete Cam’Ron Kelly, which is interesting because a month ago, I would have figured that we had not a shot in the world at him. In fact, he himself would have backed that up:
Decisions coming soon! Where will I be spending my next 3-4 years at? pic.twitter.com/NjbqQdM798— Cam'Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) April 25, 2018
2019 #CFB Recruits that would change the game for teams who don't usually get the big time players if they decide to stay home— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) May 7, 2018
4 TE Hudson Henry - Arkansas
4 WR David Bell - Purdue
4 CB Cam'Ron Kelly - UVA
5 RB Devyn Ford - VT
4 WR Demarcco Hellans - UMD
However, this morning:
The recruitment of 4 ATH Cam'Ron Kelly has been one of the crazier ones I've seen in a while— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) June 7, 2018
It now appears he could commit to a school he didn't even have in his Top 8 a few weeks ago.
Oscar Smith star football player Cam'Ron Kelly chooses Virginia Tech pic.twitter.com/Jw4Px6LgEe— Larry Rubama (@LHRubama) June 7, 2018
4* ATH Cam'Ron Kelly with only two hats on the table, Clemson and Penn State, pulls out a Virginia Tech hat at the last moment as he announces:— Matej Sis (@MatejS247) June 7, 2018
"We are... All in... At Virginia Tech."#Hokies
And I don’t think it was as much a secret as it seemed to be. Looks like fellow Oscar Smith alumni were in on it:
Already knew but congrats to the lil bro @CamRonJKelly— Deshawn McClease (@saicko_slim) June 7, 2018
Of course, this was a surprise to a ton of people, and apparently one school up in Pennsylvania didn’t take it too well:
But okay, moving on to the actual nuts and bolts. Assuming his commitment sticks, Kelly is indeed a huge get for the Hokies. He’s currently an across the board four star recruit. 247 has him as an Athlete (186th nationally overall, 13th athlete, 5th in VA), Rivals has him at Safety (135th nationally, not ranked specifically at safety, 5th in VA), and ESPN has him at Cornerback (229th nationally, 20th cornerback, 5th in the state). He’s an Oscar Smith player, and Tech has current and former roots out of that school in the 757 (Deshawn McClease, Sean Daniel, 2018 recruit Keshon Artis, former Hokies JC Coleman, Greg Boone, and Robert Parker). But the list of schools that the Hokies beat out include Penn State, Clemson, Auburn, UVA, Oklahoma, Wazzou, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, etc. etc. The offer list was extensive to say the least. But (for) now, he’s a Hokie.
So let’s get to the tape thing that I do when this stuff happens.
Cam’Ron Kelly (6’-2”, 190lbs. Chesapeake, VA. Cornerback)
Kelly really fits the mold of the newer Virginia Tech corner- above 6 feet tall and will likely play over 200lbs. Also, according to an interview with him on WAVY, his heart was at corner and not safety, which is where the other teams wanted him. In order to compete in the ACC against Florida State, UNC, Clemson, and their offenses, cornerbacks can’t be tiny anymore. He’s got some offensive tape, but corner is apparently his preferred position, so that fits. He’s got better than average ball skills in coverage, and he’s fairly good at staying tight to his defensive target. I think he’s got very good speed. It’s not Grade A+, but it’s still probably at the least a B+. He’s shifty in traffic and can make a lot of fluid cuts, and he’s versatile enough that he could theoretically play at almost any non-QB offensive or defensive skill position (He’s not being recruited as a QB at all). I like the combination of traits he brings as a solid overall football player to the field, and the fact that he’s helping to reignite the vigor of Tech’s presence to the next couple years’ Virginia recruits is helping.
You know the move bro! Put on for your state and bring that natty to the crib! https://t.co/VoJwJhNUq7— Cam'Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) June 7, 2018
So let’s hope his commitment sticks, and that Cam’Ron will be a Hokie come signing day. Go Hokies!