- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
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Four-star quarterback Chad Kelly, who's the nation's No. 5 QB and No. 80 in the ESPNU 150, committed to Clemson on Thursday. He chose the Tigers over Purdue, Syracuse, Florida State, Michigan State, Alabama and Buffalo.
Kelly, who plays at Buffalo (N.Y.) Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute, is the nephew of former Bills quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Chad Kelly threw for 2,159 yards and 24 touchdown passes last year as a junior. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 TDs.
"I mainly picked Clemson because of the atmosphere," Kelly said. "I knew Day One from my first visit. Of all the schools I saw it had the best atmosphere, a family atmosphere. From every coach to all the players and to people in the community, it was perfect for me. I just fell in love with Clemson."
Clemson has recruited well at the skill positions lately, including last year's class that included wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Charone Peake and Martavis Bryant and running back Mike Bellamy. This year, the Tigers are off to a strong start with ESPNU 150 wideout Germone Hopper, a four-star prospect out of Charlotte (N.C.) Phillip O. Berry Academy.
"Talent played a factor," Kelly said. "Looking and knowing what great weapons they have brought in is amazing. To the guys last season with what they got and Hopper this year. Hopper is a stud. I am ready to work with him and the others. That played a factor in my decision."
Kelly, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, is the ninth commit in a Clemson class that includes six four-star prospects and five ESPNU 150 prospects.
"My expectations are to go in and compete," Kelly said. "They run a great offense, a prolific offense. It's perfect for me. I will go in and learn the system and terminology and compete. I am a person that competes and works harder than anyone. I want to be the best I can be."