Official visit benefits Rebels with EMCC’s Kelly

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

All indications are Chad Kelly, the quarterback who led East Mississippi Community College to a second straight NJCAA national title Sunday, had a great official visit at Ole Miss early this week.

Kelly made his way to Oxford following the Lions’ 34-17 win over Iowa Western in the second annual Biloxi Bowl. Kelly, the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was named MVP of the game after throwing for five touchdowns.

He was joined on the official visit by his mother and brother. He returned to Scooba Wednesday morning to finish up school work. Classes end this week with the Christmas break looming. Junior college players are able to sign with four-year schools as early as Dec. 17. Kelly is an early graduate, meaning he could be enrolled in January and go through spring drills.

Kelly, who started his college career at Clemson, is actively being recruited by Ole Miss, Indiana and Virginia Tech. LSU, according to some news outlets, were also looking at him. Buddy Stephens, his coach at EMCC, said Kelly has a really good football head on his shoulders.

“He’s more than just a manager of the game, he really can do anything and be whatever it takes at that point,” Stephens said. “If it takes an All-Star play, he can do that. If it takes the ordinary throw, he can do that. If it takes the extraordinary throw, he can do that. I think he’s a very well rounded quarterback.”

Stay tuned to the blog for more details on Kelly’s visit and final decision regarding the next stop in his career.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Football, Recruiting
  • ScoobaTechster

    Is John Davis lazy or just that much of an idiot? The second annual Biloxi Bowl? Really? Where did you come up with that, John? This year’s NJCAA National Championship Game was played at Mississippi Bowl VII. The next time you don’t have a clue, try this great little trick called Google.

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