It may officially be a dead period in recruiting. But the Huskies landed their third public commitment in four days today from cornerback/receiver Jermaine Kelly of Salesian High in Los Angeles. The commitment was reported by multiple outlets.
Kelly, who earlier committed to UCLA before de-committing, is rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com. His only two official visits have been to UW (on Sept. 27, the Stanford game) and Boise State.
Kelly made his decision public this afternoon. He told Scout.com his choice came down to UW and Boise State and he felt UW was “a better fit academically” among other reason for choosing the Huskies. He told ESPN.com’s HuskyNation that his visit to UW for the Stanford game, when the Huskies upset the Cardinal, was “actually the clincher” for his decision and that he loved the atmosphere at Washington.
He is the 22nd commit for UW’s Class of 2013 (though with two having now already enrolled), a group rated No. 11 nationally at the moment by Scout.com and Rivals.com. Assuming he starts out at cornerback, he is the second player listed as a cornerback in the class, the other being Kevin King of Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland. At a listed 6-1, 175, Kelly fits the mold of taller, longer cornerbacks that UW favors.
ESPN.com rates Kelly three stars. Its scouting report of Kelly says in part:
“Kelly is an effective two-way player showing production as both a receiver and defensive back. However we feel his size and athleticism are best suited for the wide receiver position at the major level of competition; his frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time. As a defensive back we see good deep route awareness with the willingness to come up and defend vs. underneath routes. … Kelly will need some time and perhaps a red shirt year prior to competing for starting time at the BCS level.”
Kelly is simply the latest in what has been a run of recruiting battles between UW and UCLA (you can read more about that here from ESPN.com’s Mason Kelley), and coaches Steve Sarkisian and Jim Mora,who are good friends off the field.
As for Kelly, here some stats.
And here’s some video of Kelly: