The Virginia Tech Hokies currently have a messy situation at quarterback and with the struggles of Michael Brewer this season with 11 interceptions, the Hokies made the decision to play Mark Leal with the first team offense for the final drive against Miami. Now, the Hokies have a quarterback controversy but while Leal will graduate after the season, Virginia Tech might have a different quarterback added to the roster who could start next season.
For those who dont know, Chad Kelly is the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly who was in a three-way quarterback battle this past spring at Clemson. However, Kelly was dismissed from the program after the Spring Game for multiple reasons including the fact that he argued with coaches during Clemsons Spring Game which apprently was not out of character at this time.
Kelly is rated currently by 247 Sports as a three-star quarterback out of East Mississippi Community College and the Hokies have decided to offer the former Clemson quarterback. Kelly had a lot of hype coming out of high school as he was a four-star by ESPN and also played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
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There have been clear character issue with Kelly in the past which makes the decision by the Hokies to offer him a scholarship somewhat odd. However, this offer probably would not have happened if Virginia Tech didn’t do its homework so I’m assuming that the Hokies have enough confidence that Kelly has gained more respect for coaches.
If he chooses to come to Virginia Tech, Kelly could definitely come in this spring and immediately contend to take the starting job. Kelly has a lot of potential and was in the hunt to beat out Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson for the Clemson starting QB job before getting kicked off the team.
Chad Kelly is a risk but if the Hokies are right about this risk, it could pay off quite well. Hopefully, Frank Beamer and company are right about this decision.