B.J. Kelley is the type of wide receiver who can break a big gainer at anytime so Fresno (Calif.) Central East coach Casey Quinn tries to get his star player in space to let him make plays.
That's exactly what happened when Kelley, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect, caught a short pass last weekend against Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral, made a few moves, broke a tackle and ran 90 yards for a touchdown.
In Central East's 27-12 victory, Kelley finished with eight catches for 130 yards and the long touchdown reception. If there's one criticism of Kelley's game it's that he holds the ball way too far from his body but he's still learning and Quinn said he's excited about Kelley's potential.
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"I liked how he played," Quinn said.
"He's a young, talented receiver. By young I mean he can work on his fundamentals like holding the ball (closer to his body). Every week he gets better so I'm proud of him and the way he played. I'm proud of the way he bounced back after the fumble but those things will happen.
"We have pretty athletic kids so we don't want to take away their athletic ability so we're trying to get them into space and work within the system and get him out into space and see what he can do."
Arizona, Arizona State, Cal Poly, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Idaho, Northwestern, Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State have offered Kelley, a three-star prospect.
Kelley has said multiple times in the past that Oregon stands out the most but that Fresno State, Cal Poly and Northwestern are still very much involved.
Cal is a big-time favorite if the Golden Bears offered but they have not yet. Kelley said he plans to send out more senior film - including a package to Cal - soon but he hasn't had much free time because of his schedule. Central East hosts Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante this weekend.