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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Todd Kelly Jr. singing Bama praise

By Dave Hooker

Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) is taking the weekend off from recruiting to sing.

Aside from being an ESPN Watch List football prospect, Kelly is also an accomplished singer for his high school. He'll be performing madrigal music for chamber singers this Saturday, meaning he'll have to miss being in attendance for the SEC championship game, which features Alabama against Georgia.

Bama fans shouldn't fret that Kelly won't be in Atlanta. The junior safety has shown plenty of interest in the Crimson Tide, where his sister is a sophomore cheerleader. Kelly has visited Tuscaloosa several times, including a visit last weekend to see the Crimson Tide beat Auburn 49-0.

"It was good. They killed Auburn," Kelly Jr. said of the Iron Bowl. "It was the same as always, jam packed with fans that love Bama football. The in-state rivalry added to the scenery and the fans stayed until the end of the game for the 'Rammer Jammer' chant. That was pretty cool."

Kelly has shown interest in Tennessee, but not as much as one might expect considering his father, Todd Kelly, was a standout defensive lineman there and was an NFL first-round pick in 1993.

"I haven't been keeping up," Kelly Jr. said of the coaching search that is ongoing to replace Derek Dooley, who was fired this month. "A lot of schools have had some firings so the coaching carousel will be pretty crazy this offseason."

So what makes him more nervous, football or singing?

"When I have solos, definitely singing in front of a big crowd. My nerves kind of get to me," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior said. "They are both fun, though, and I enjoy both of them."