Daiquan Kelly, ladies and gentlemen!
Daiquan Kelly was one of the recruits of the 2015 class that was interested in Penn State early on, but it seemed that the lack of available scholarships would prove to be the end of his involvement with the Nittany Lions. When I spoke with Daiquan back in April, he sounded very interested in Penn State, and a bit disappointed that he didn't yet hold an offer. As a result, he chose to commit to Syracuse at the end of June.
Clearly he was one that the staff regretted not being able to add to the class, because they wasted no time extending his offer with their new scholarship flexibility. It had been rumored that Kelly would be one to watch for a potential flip, but any news on that front had been pretty quite up until today. Kelly joins high school teammate and friend Steven Gonzalez as Union City players joining the Penn State squad.
Kelly attended the Penn State-Rutgers game this weekend. Here's Kelly's decommitment post on Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician.
Kelly has the potential to be a spectacular player for Penn State. He possesses great length and a nice big frame to continue growing into. His height should give him plenty of opportunities on jump balls, should be remain at safety long term (I'll check in with him about this when I can). He is a very solid tackler who should be able to add a lot in the way on run support. He has good speed as well. It's not quite at the level of a Grant Haley or De'Andre Thompkins, but it is more than enough to play safety in Penn State's defense. He's a very good athlete with versatility, so he could also move to linebacker in his career. Getting time at the star role is also a big possibility for Kelly's future.
As far as his immediate future, unless Kelly shows he is ready right away in training camp, he will likely receive a red shirt. The staff still has a number of defensive backs slated to return next season, so there likely won't be a need to force Kelly into playing time right away. The year on the sideline would do him well too, as he can continue to focus on working out and filling out his frame to become a Kam Chancellor-style safety.
More on Kelly will come later in the week, but for now, go crazy.
Daiquan's commitment brings the class to 20.
Welcome to Penn State, Daiquan!