76 Jefferson Kelley

Jefferson Kelley 1997
usaUnited States
Cincinnati, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1996, 1997

Major: Computer Engineering (1997), Unknown (1996)

Weight: 290 (1997), 305 (1996)

1997 Media Guide: Emerged from spring practice as the backup to Tyson Walter on the left side and will probably be the swing tackle … figures to get his first taste of playing time this year and the OSU coaching staff is anxious to see how he performs in a game … has lost between 30 and 35 pounds since enrolling at Ohio State and has greatly improved his quickness and agility because of that weight loss … one of the prized recruits of last year’s freshman class, winning consensus All-America honors as a high school senior … has the size, strength and intelligence to be an outstanding college player … also an excellent student, winning recognition by the National Football Foundation as a high school senior and being honored last year in New York as one of the NFF’s four regional representatives from the previous year.

1996: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: One of two consensus All-Americans signed this year (linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer the other), garnering honors from Tom Lemming. Bluechip Illustrated, SuperPrep, Parade, USA Today, G & W and The National Recruiting Advisor … Awarded the Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year in Ohio … Associated Press first-team all-Ohio offense (Division I) … a two-time all-Ohio, all-southwest, all-city and all-league selection … USA Today second-team choice … Rated the top lineman in the country by SuperPrep and the second best player in the Midwest … chosen as SuperPrep’s Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest … Rated the second best offensive lineman in the country by Bluechip Illustrated and the best offensive lineman in the Midwest … Rated the second best offensive tackle in the country The National Recruiting Advisor … Rated the 10th best player in the Best of the Midwest by the Detroit Free Press … rated the 10th best player in the Midwest by Prep Football Report and one of the top five lineman in the country … Rated the second best player in Ohio by The Ohio Football Recruiting News … Played in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 all-star game … Was a four year scholar-athlete and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete … National Honor Society member … helped lead Colerain to three league titles, two city crowns, the state semifinals as a junior and the state finals (Division 1) as a senior … senior and junior year records were a combined 25-1 … Senior year team was 13-0 but was not allowed to play the state title game because of use of an illegal player … High school coach is Kerry Coombs.

Personal: Chose Ohio State because “it was close to home and I liked the program” … Has one brother and one sister, who attended OSU … Plans to major in computer engineering.