Charles Kelly receives 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year honor
Charles Kelly during the recruiting cycle that just ended was arguably the most high-profile programs in the country.
Kelly began the cycle on the Alabama staff, and recently moved to Colorado to join Deion Sanders. For his efforts, Kelly was named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports. Kelly was the Alabama associate defensive coordinator and safeties coach and became the the defensive coordinator role at Colorado. Since 1990, Kelly’s coached at Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State and Auburn.
Here’s 247Sports’ explanation:
For Alabama where he was associate defensive coordinator/safeties coach, it was leading the charge in the Crimson Tide’s efforts to secure a signature from top-ranked safety Caleb Downs over other suitors Ohio State and Georgia, or beating Auburn and Florida among others for 247Sports Composite 5-star teammates in defensive lineman James Smith and linebacker Qua Russaw. He was integral in helping identify and pushing for outside linebacker Yhonzae Pierre well before he was crowned with 5-star status.
Now at Colorado where he is Deion Sanders’ defensive coordinator, Kelly got there in time and was integral in the flip of top-ranked cornerback Cormani McClain from Miami who opted not to sign with the Hurricanes during the 3-day Early Signing Period beginning on Dec. 21, opening the door for Sanders and Kelly and the rest of the staff to make a move.