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Kellys decision could come at any time

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Oak Park, Mich., three-star athlete John Kelly has been close to a decision at different points throughout the summer, and that remains the case with his senior season ready to begin.
"The recruiting process has been pretty much the same," Kelly said. "Honestly, I'll make my decision once I am ready. It could happen at any time and once I feel comfortable with a school I'll make it right then and there. There's not really a timetable on it."
Michigan State was an early leader in Kelly's recruitment after they offered prior to his junior season. The Spartans remain a strong contender for his services.
"Things are always good with those guys," Kelly said. "Me and Coach D (Mark Dantonio) talk all the time about which position I am going to play once I get up there. He said they don't have any true slot receivers coming in, so I think that would be my role if I did decide to go there."
The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Kelly is also a standout at defensive back, and Michigan State's defensive backs coach is still considering him for a potential spot on that side of the football.
"Coach (Harlon) Barnett and me talk all the time and he knows what kind of player I am," Kelly said. "He says that's what they're looking for."
Kelly said he will for sure attend at least a couple games at Michigan State this fall, but has not scheduled any dates as yet.
The other school that has spent time atop Kelly's list and remains strongly in the chase is Minnesota.
"I was just on the phone with Coach (Jerry) Kill the other day and Coach Kill is my guy," Kelly said. "He is just like my head coach (at Oak Park) - they are people persons.
"I am possibly taking an official visit out there. That is one thing I for sure want to do. I probably will be making it out for a game because my father lives out there and we'll probably get out there together."
Among the schools that have offered, Michigan State and Minnesota are the top two contenders. Other programs could get into the mix with offers this fall, however.
"I have been talking to Ohio State a lot," Kelly said. "One of my coaches is an alumni at Iowa State, so they said they were going to be looking into me a lot. They saw some of my film and said they really liked it."
Kelly and his Oak Park teammates open their season Friday with a big showdown against Detroit Cass Tech in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University.
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