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January 25, 2004

It's Clemson for Kelly

Sunday evening Marietta, Ga. wide receiver Aaron Kelly (6-4, 180, 4.4) said he and his family had finally had a chance to sit down and come to a decision, one that should result in him residing in upstate South Carolina for the next four to five years.

"We basically sat down today and the family decision is Clemson. I can go ahead and tell you that. They were just able to pull ahead of Wake Forest and Duke," said Kelly. "Clemson has a little bit of everything. When it came down to it and when I looked at their graduation rates, their academics overall, and then their football program, they just stood out more than Wake and Duke. They're losing three wide receivers and I know they wanted to sign three, so I think it's a good situation for both me and Clemson."

Tomorrow Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden is expected to meet with Kelly and it is at that time where the fifth-year head coach should bag the commitment, what will be verbal pledge No. 21 for the Tigers.

Kelly has offers from Clemson, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest after a solid senior campaign where he totaled 50 catches for 950 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"Clemson's offense was obviously something I looked at closely. They've got a versatile offense that allows you to do a lot of things. They spread the ball around a lot, and they get everyone involved. They've got a lot of weapons and they use them."

Kelly's recruiter of record is offensive line coach Ron West, who along with wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney, last met with the Marietta star on Wednesday after driving down immediately following their meeting with (OL) James Thompson at Sumter High.

Clemson's other two wide receiver commitments are La'Dontae Harris of Gadsden, Ala., and Michael McIntosh of Jacksonville, Fla. McIntosh is rated as the nation's 12th wide receiver prospect.

Clemson commitments to date
1. Cory Groover (DL 6-3, 290, 4.91) Summit, MS.
2. Bobby Hutchinson (OL 6-5, 290, 5.1) Greenville, Fla.
3. Cullen Harper (QB 6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, Ga.
4. Tony Willis (OL 6-6, 310, 5.2) Highland Springs, Va.
5. Brandon Croley (DB 6-0, 180, 4.49) Jacksonville, Fla.
6. La‘Dontae Harris (WR 6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, Ala.
7. Taylor Tremel (OL 6-4, 275, 5.0) Lake Mary, Fla.
8. Courtney Vincent (LB 6-1, 220, 4.6) Allendale.
9. Elsmore Gabriel (DL 6-4, 260, 4.9) Brooklyn, NY.
10. Shaun Branscome (DL 6-6, 260, 4.8) Dublin, Va.
11. Tribble Reese (QB 6-3, 190, 4.7) Mountain Brook, Ala.
12. Corey Lambert (OL 6-7, 310, 5.0) Greenville.
13. Phillip Morris (WR 6-3, 190, 4.4) Timmonsville.
14. Barry Richardson (OL 6-7, 330, 5.3) Mt. Pleasant.
15. Adrian Kindred (DB 6-1, 200, 4.45) Opelika, Ala.
16. Chris Clemons (ATH 6-1, 180, 4.4) Arcadia, Fla.
17. Dorrel Scott (DL 6-3, 295, 4.9) Columbia.
18. Michael McIntosh (WR 6-2, 180, 4.4) Jacksonville, Fla.
19. Alex Pearson (LB 6-2, 240, 4.7) Greenville.
20. Phillip Merling (TE/DE 6-5, 255, 4.7) Memphis, TN.


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