OXFORD — Former East Mississippi Community College quarterback Chad Kelly still has a few rules to abide by from coach Hugh Freeze, but the talented four-star JUCO prospect has arrived in Oxford.
The news broke late last night from The Clarion Ledger, and RebelGrove.com. The final requirement from Freeze was for Kelly to arrive in Oxford, but with the understanding that he is not fully in the clear, yet. According to RebelGrove.com, Kelly arrived Sunday night.
If Freeze allows Kelly to remain eligible to play for Ole Miss, he will be the third former four-star prospect quarterback added to the roster. That inclines Kelly will compete against redshirt sophomores DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan for the starting role. All three talented players look to fill the big shoes of Bo Wallace, who has graduated from the program.
Recently, Wallace signed with an in-state sports agency in his pursuit for the 2015 NFL Draft. Wallace is projected to go in the sixth round.
Kelly jeopardized his future at Ole Miss back in late-December when he was involved in a fight with bouncers located outside a Buffalo, New York bar. After the conclusion of the fight, Kelly was arrested by Buffalo police. He was charged with seven misdemeanors or violations. But, all charges were dropped in court last week after submitted video evidence proved Kelly wasn’t the initial starter of the fight.
The video that circulated throughout social media also showed indications that Kelly did not make threats involving an assault rifle. Kelly plead guilty and the charges were dropped in court under the circumstances he would attend 50 hours of community service.
Looking back at the fight situation, this is not the first time Chad Kelly has got into trouble due to aggression. Before Kelly attended EMCC, he was released from the Clemson Tigers football program for multiple incidences. One report stated Kelly was involved in heated arguments with coaches.
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Kelly, the nephew of former NFL great Jim Kelly, just completed a very successful one year campaign at EMCC. He led the Lions to a NJCAA National Championship, recording 3,906 passing yards and 47 touchdowns.
As of now, there is still no official word from Freeze on whether Kelly will stay with the program. He did say he will take his time in making his decision following Kelly’s court date. Now that the ruling has been settled, everyone within Rebel Nation awaits his final decision. It is a decision that could extend all the way until spring practices. The confidence in Kelly’s playing ability is nothing in question by Freeze.
“I did my home visit with he and his family after the championship game and was convinced he was the guy we wanted to go on,” Freeze said a week before Kelly’s arrest in New York.
Adding Kelly to the depth chart increases the competition level for Kincade and Buchanan. The spring battles could be so competitive that the named starting quarterback may not be announced until the start of the 2015 season.