Ohio State latest to offer Kelly

Even though sophomore safety Todd Kelly Jr. of Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb School now has 18 offers, he still gets excited each time a new one comes in.
"They're all special to me," Kelly told
On Thursday, Ohio State became the latest to tender an offer, according to Kelly.
"They were here [Wednesday]," Kelly said. "It was Coach [Everett] Withers. He came to the school at lunchtime, hung out with the coaches, then watched my track practice and football practice. I was told to call him the next day and I did. That's when he offered."
What did Kelly think about getting a Buckeyes offer?
"Of course, everybody knows they've been a powerhouse," Kelly said. "It's really my first offer from a school up north. I'm going to have to take a visit up there and see what it's like. I don't know much about them. I just know they've won a lot in the past, and I know a couple past players. I know that Urban Meyer is there, and I would love to meet him. I'm going to try to go up there as soon as possible."
This week, LSU, Ole Miss, Southern California and Tennessee also have been to Kelly's school. His father played linebacker for the Volunteers in the 1990s.
At this point, Kelly claims to have no leaders. He said it's too early for that.
Most schools like him at safety, but "FSU and Ole Miss said I could play anything I wanted to," Kelly said.
According to Kelly, his next trip will be to Tuscaloosa to compete in a camp at Alabama in early June. His sister attends school there.
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