5) Chad KellyChad Kelly Quarterback 6-3, 205 Buffalo, NY View Full Profile Rundown: As you can see, we’re covering the St. Joe’s Marauders this year. My introduction to Kelly as a player was a little choppy, as Aquinas, the defending Class A state champs, made life miserable for the Clemson-bound QB. During one Joe’s drive in the second quarter, Kelly had his helmet knocked off on three plays, twice on rather vicious late-hits. The Little Irish pass rush was relentless, even though prized defensive tackle Jarron Jones spent most of his time complaining. I wasn’t impressed with the 6’7, 310 pound Fightin’ Irish signing.
6) Kelly continued: I spoke with Kelly immediately post-game to see how he handled resounding defeat. He stared bullets through me, answered my questions tersely and was really aggravated with his team’s effort. He’s competitive, to say the least. The most telling part for me? On their way to the locker room, at least three teammates offered to take Kelly’s rather heavy bag as I interviewed him. He shrugged them all off, unwilling to be treated differently than his teammates because of his national exposure. I applaud him.