Touted QB Kelly commits to Tigers
CLEMSON -- Clemson might have landed its quarterback of the future Thursday.
The Tigers received a commitment from Chad Kelly, the nation's No. 8 dual-threat quarterback according to Rivals.com, and the 80th overall prospect in the 2012 class according to ESPN.
Kelly has the physical skills, uncorking a 71-yard pass as a 15-year-old to win the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick contest and having run a 4.6 second 40-yard dash.
The 6-2, 205-pound quarterback from Buffalo, N.Y., is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
As a junior last fall at St. Joseph's High, Kelly ran 86 times for 1,057 yards and 15 touchdowns and completed 137 of 249 passes for 2,159 yards and 24 more touchdowns.
Kelly is the first quarterback commitment in the 2012 class and figures to give Clemson another quarterback option in the coming seasons along with Tajh Boyd, Cole Stoudt and Tony McNeal.
Kelly chose Clemson over offers from Florida State, Alabama, Michigan State and Syracuse. He is Clemson's ninth commitment for the 2012 recruiting class.