"It was cool," the ESPN Watch List prospect said of last weekend's visit to Columbus to check out Ohio State. "I liked it. My second time up there with my dad, but it was mom's first time and our first time actually touring the campus and learning about the academics."
While Kelly's mom will certainly have a say in her son's decision, she won't make the final call. When asked of her input, Kelly said, "She said she liked [Ohio State] but that she had already experienced college and that it is ultimately my decision on where I want to go."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Kelly will visit Tennessee this weekend. The safety from Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb has said his finalists are Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Duke, Florida, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, USC and Vanderbilt. That list is subject to change, however. LSU showed recent interest, and Kelly said he would consider the Tigers.
Kelly has shown strong interest in Alabama where his sister is a cheerleader. He has also shown more interest in Tennessee since former head coach Derek Dooley was fired and replaced by former Cincinnati coach Butch Jones.
"If I did go north it would probably only be to only about three different schools but I'm open to go anywhere," Kelly said.