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Navarre’s Kelly commits to CSU

Seth Stringer
sstringer@nwfdailynews.com
Northwest Florida Daily News

NAVARRE – Sack machine Grady Kelly will soon be reunited with Dante Wright.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Navarre defensive lineman announced Tuesday on Twitter his commitment to Colorado State University, which last year enjoyed a breakout freshman campaign from Navarre alumnus Wright.

Kelly, who will graduate in 2021, burst on the national recruiting trail as a junior with 18 sacks. That ranked him ninth in the Sunshine State, a mark bolstered by his 22 tackles for a loss, 32 quarterback hurries, 50 solo tackles and a blocked field goal.

“He’s got a lot of great film from a very productive junior season and made an impact as a sophomore,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls told the Pensacola News Journal earlier this offseason. “I think college coaches see his physicality against the run, with the ability to defeat blocks and double teams. His pass rush is special and isn’t something you always see on a high school level.”

Against Lincoln alone he delivered seven sacks, eight quarterback hurries and 11 solo tackles.

Yet his best is yet to come.

“He’s got a frame where he could fill out to about 280 pounds and still be very explosive,” Walls said.

CSU has seen what Walls’ playmakers can do. As just a freshman last year, Wright had 1,154 all-purpose yards, six touchdowns, 57 receptions for 805 yards and 17 rushes for 214 yards en route to helping the Rams to a 4-8 record.