Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb School's Todd Kelly is one of the most highly recruited defensive back prospects in the country for the 2014 class, but an offer from Notre Dame earlier this week was one that "definitely" caught his attention.
"With all the tradition there, it definitely is a big-time school," Kelly said. "I had a little bit of contact [previously], but they had shown the head coach, Brian Kelly, the film and he messaged me on Facebook. We had been going back and forth and he said I have the scholarship to Notre Dame."
The offer from Notre Dame was No. 24 for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kelly thus far in the recruiting process. He has never been to South Bend, but is interested in visiting.
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"I'm not sure when I am going to get up there, but I definitely want to make it at least once to see what it is like. I know they have good academics, so I just want to see what the campus looks like, go through some classes and hang out with the players."
Kelly watched the opening weekend of college football games from his home, but he plans to be on the road the next two weekends attending games in-person.
"I am going to Alabama this weekend," Kelly said. "They should put a good whooping on Western Kentucky so I am not expecting to see a good game. We're actually going to see my sister cheer."
While Kelly's sister currently attends Alabama, his father was a standout at Tennessee in the early 1990's and Kelly plans to attend the Volunteer's home matchup with Florida on Sept. 15.
The Webb School is off to a 1-1 start to their 2012 season. Kelly recorded an interception for a touchdown and also took a punt return back for a touchdown this past weekend in a win.