Ryan Kelly, Four Star Lineman from Ohio, Commits to Play Football at Alabama

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Ryan Kelly, a four-star lineman according to Scout.com, has committed today to play for the University of Alabama football team. Ryan Kelley comes from Lakota West high school in West Chester, Ohio. Scout.com ranks him as the number two center in the nation.

The commitment by Mr. Kelly came after football camp in Tuscaloosa this summer. He is the second lineman to commit to the 2011 class following Isaac Luatua, a Scout.com 3-star offensive guard from Norwolks, California's La Mirada High School. Luatua is 6-foot-2, 299-pound lineman, of Samoan descent and according to rivals is the 8th ranked center prospect in the nation.

One of the things that Alabama's Joe Pendry most likely admires about these two young recruits is the fact that they can play multiple positions. There is a great upside for both on the offensive line. Alabama will most likely get a least two more offensive lineman prospects in this class.

One of the most highly sought after linebackers in the nation is also from the same state of Ohio and a five-star athlete. His name is Trey DePriest of Springfield High School in Ohio. He has Alabama in his top two choices of colleges along with Ohio State.

Ryan Kelley is the first Alabama commitment since last month's Vinnie Sunseri committed.

Kelly also had offers from Arizona, Boston College, North Carolina State, Louisville, Michigan State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Purdue, and Illinois. He initially leaned a bit toward Cincinnati, which was his parents’ alma mater, and was 20 minutes from home. However, he felt that Alabama was the best fit for his education and football career.

Alabama is definitely going more national this in attracting more top notch out-of-state recruits following the national championship.

The Tide Express keeps rolling along! ROLL TIDE!

Here is a video of his high school team. He is #78 if you can spot him..

Image for MaxPreps Video.

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