Kelly still waiting

Kelly still waiting

Mountain Range (Westminster, Colo.) senior James Kelly is talking with multiple schools but has yet to receive a scholarship offer. Find out who he favors inside.

James Kelly isn't worried that he doesn't currently have any scholarship offers.

The 6-4, 220-pound senior knows coaches are in a tough position in recruiting him.

Kelly spent most of last season recovering from a broken ankle, and this year he plans on starting at defensive end and tight end for the Mustangs.

"I've talked to a lot of coaches and still waiting it out," Kelly said. "(Coaches) want to see where I'll pan out and at what position. They are not sure where they'd want to pick me at."

This is the first year Kelly is attempting to play both ways full time. He originally played tight end as a freshman, then was switched to defensive end where he remained until this year.

"I'm definitely excited about it," Kelly said. "I worked a lot on conditioning to stay in the game and play both sides full time, really excited about it."

Kelly said he hopes to make the all-state team, get the Mustangs back to the playoffs and be above .500 for the first time in Class 5A, Colorado's largest.

Though, he doesn't have any offers yet, Kelly has been in talks with Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Utah, Harvard and Wyoming. He attended individual camps over the summer at CU, CSU and UNC.

"I'm kind of just going to wait it out," Kelly said about his decision. "I'm not going to be too particular. Leaning towards maybe staying in the area. Saying in Colorado. If an offer doesn't come here (in state), I'd be more than happy to play somewhere else."

And of the in-state schools, Kelly said Colorado is his top pick.

"Right now CU will probably be my favorite because I've been up there a whole lot the last two years and got to know the staff really well there," said Kelly, pointing out he's mostly talked with Buffs defensive coordinator Ron Collins and defensive line coach Romeo Bandison.

Kelly knows that despite a current lack of offers, solid play on the field will change his opportunities. Either way, he is keeping a positive outlook.

"I'm not too frustrated really. I kind of saw it coming," Kelly said. "I did miss a lot of valuable time last summer. I still have plenty of time. If I don't get an offer, there are still plenty of schools I could go to and walk on, so I'm not worried about it."

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