Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Tennessee
It looked like Kelly would stay in state to play for Michigan, but the Vols made a late move to add Kelly as a running back in the 2015 class. Kelly was in Knoxville on the weekend of January 16th, and committed to Tennessee on January 22nd. The Vols held onto him down the stretch and he became the third player to sign with the Vols on NSD.
RTI Average: 3 stars
The key word with John Kelly is potential. Kelly may not be a home run threat every time he touches the ball, but he does run with good vision and has deceptive speed at the running back position. He see’s the field exceptionally well and has a unique ability to ‘feel’ the defenders around him, make the read, and then explode o the openings on the field. He can squeeze through tight spaces thanks to his stature, but also has enough power and burst to run through arm tackles and accelerate down the field. He has incredibly soft hands and has no trouble making difficult catches in and around the backfield or down the field when deployed as a pass-catching running back. His pass-blocking skills are adequate and he will only improve in that area as he increases his strength levels.