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Virginia Tech Nets Surprise Commitment from Cam’Ron Kelly

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Virginia Tech grabbed a commitment today from top national recruiting target Cam’Ron Kelly, a four star cornerback from Oscar Smith in Chesapeake. And that cornerback designation matters

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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:

However, this morning:

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:

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.

So let’s hope his commitment sticks, and that Cam’Ron will be a Hokie come signing day. Go Hokies!