December 15, 2010

Rehabbing Kelly ready to visit UA

West Chester (OH) center prospect and current Alabama commitment Ryan Kelly capped off his high school football career last month. Coming into this season, Kelly had played at a number of spots along the line for Lakota West, and this year was no different.

"Last year I was playing tackle and then moved to center for a few games," Kelly said. "This year, coming into the season, I thought I was going to play center for the most part. But we had some injuries, so I moved around a lot. It was basically a week by week thing on where I was going to play. I played strong tackle, weak tackle, and center. The record might not have shown it, but overall, it was still a good senior season."

Kelly suffered an improbable knee injury in the final game of the season.

"I got hurt in the last game with four minutes to go in the 4th quarter," said Kelly. "We were running an outside zone play and one of our players fell over. I went to step over him and I had a lot of forward momentum and my foot got caught in the turf and slammed back, hyperextending it. It actually hyperextended both ways, so it blew out a couple of tendons. I had an MRI the next day and they had to repair my LCL and PCL."

Kelly's rehab process began almost immediately and is coming along nicely.

"I had the surgery four and half weeks ago," Kelly said. "I started rehabbing the next day. Wednesday I see my doctor and he told me before that I would probably be off crutches on Monday. "

Throughout the process, Kelly has kept in contact with three other Crimson Tide commitments.

"I talk with Vinnie Sunseri, Trey DePriest, and Isaac Luatua. Those are the main three commitments that I talk to."

Kelly will visit Tuscaloosa one more time before enrolling in summer school.

"I'm going on my official visit to Alabama in the middle of January," Kelly said. "That's the only visit I'm taking. They told me I'm rooming with Trey DePriest and Vinnie Sunseri. I don't know exactly when they're going to bring us down. I'd say late May to early June."

With the annual coaching rumor mill swirling, Kelly remains unfazed.

"I feel confident at this point with the Alabama staff," said Kelly. "When you're deciding on a college, you can't really get too caught up in the coaching staff. Obviously, that plays a part in your decision, but for the most part, you have to select the school first."

Kelly is ranked as the 15th best player in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com.


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