Comfort Level Playing Cornerback Under Bud Foster Led Versatile 2019 ATH Cam'Ron Kelly to the Hokies

Kelly's coach at Oscar Smith suspects Foster's history with CBs helped seal the deal.

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From quarterback to running back to wide receiver to safety, Cam'Ron Kelly has played just about everything in his time at Oscar Smith HS — but it was the allure of one position, in particular, that convinced him to commit to Virginia Tech.

Scott Johnson, Kelly's head coach at the Chesapeake school, says his star 2019er "had a lot of good choices" as he sought to make his decision. Schools like Clemson and Penn State were widely viewed as some of the top contenders to earn Kelly's services, though he spurned both in favor of the Hokies in a surprise reveal at his commitment on June 7.

Johnson believes plenty of factors contributed to Kelly choosing Blacksburg, noting that the school is "close to home and in the state," a pair of factors he felt were important. But Johnson also feels that the chance to play cornerback, particularly at a program with a sudden dearth of options on the depth chart, truly stood out to Kelly.

"He's comfortable with playing corner," Johnson told The Key Play. "He hasn't played a lot of safety, though it's not like he couldn't...I think it's just the comfort level. Obviously, Coach Foster is as good as they come."

Indeed, Johnson stressed that Kelly is a "really tremendous athlete" and could've certainly thrived at safety, the position many recruiters envisioned the 6'1", 190-pound athlete fitting at someday. After all, he points out that Kelly has often played both ways at Oscar Smith, including a whole manner of positions on offense.

But Johnson believes Foster's pedigree of grooming NFL-ready cornerbacks was just too tempting for Kelly to ignore.

"(Foster) gives the program its stability," Johnson said. "He's going to a place where Coach Foster's been there, he's given stability to the defense there. So you've got to feel good about the stability he provides, but also the success that he's had getting players to the next level as well. They're always one of the top defenses in the country and that's an exciting thing for Cam to be part of."

Of course, it doesn't hurt either that another prominent Oscar Smith defender just signed on with Foster as well: 2018 LB Keshon Artis.

"I know Keshon worked on him a little bit," Johnson said. "I don't know how much influence he had on the final decision, but I know he talked to him a lot. Keshon's a tremendous athlete and Tech's getting two really good defensive players. They've been a huge part of the success we've had defensively, as well as offensively, here at Oscar Smith."

Johnson believes Artis himself is good enough to "battle for that inside linebacker spot" right away, considering his background as a "three-year starter and two-year captain," and Foster will surely give him a hard look this fall.
Kelly, meanwhile, should have his own chance to battle for early playing time. Tech's pecking order at cornerback should be a bit more firmly established when Kelly arrives on campus than it is right now, but Johnson does not doubt that the consensus 4-star recruit will push to get on the field quickly.

"He has that special 'it' factor that he seems to be around the ball," Johnson said. "He played some with us and practiced with us as a freshman and you could just see he had a special knack, a special athletic ability that made him a little special, a little unique. You knew early on he was going to be a pretty good player."

But Johnson is in no hurry to give up his star player just yet. He has a full season left with Kelly, and he fully plans on readying him for college ball as best he can.

"We want to get him a little stronger," Johnson said. "He played some baseball in the spring and lost a little weight, so we want to get him a little heavier and back into football playing weight if we can."

Comments

Is Cam'Ron wearing a Def Leppard shirt?
I believe he is! I like this guy even more now.

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JP

Is there a story behind that at all?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

IIRC, there's not much of one. This was in '93, so it's not like people knew much about VT. What I heard was that they had played in Roanoke the year before and someone had given the shirt to him...and he liked it. Story over.

I appreciate all the support, and I appreciate all the hate I am getting. I will continue to work as hard as I can to be the best I can be and bring this team a championship. Go Hokies 🐔 - Josh Jackson

I guess that's a...um...story.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I saw that combo back in 2006, fucking awesome concert!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

my god he was rocking the SHIT out of that tank in the video.

"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

Counterpoint:

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

You'll be seeing the shirt again on Sunday. They have shown it in the video clips during the last 2 Def Leppard concerts that I've seen. Enjoy the show. My wife is the big 80s metal fan and Def Leppard puts on a very good performance.

You are correct sir. They had the clip video during Hysteria...VT was repped multiple times.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

That's a cheetah.

These are leopards.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

That's so cool. Thanks.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Someone should tell Google. 🤷‍♂️

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

If one of you Chem E folks out there could hurry up and engineer a fountain of youth that would be great. We really need to make sure Bud Foster stays forever.

Using /s is for cowards.

The closest we have come is bourbon and meth which will make you feel young again, but then make you feel 10 years older afterwards.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Afterwards?

Quitter.

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

What we truly need is a protege, someone that had learned from the master and can carry on with that skill.... not learn and be lured to another school. We all love Bud's dedication to Tech.

Thanks Bud, you have a lot of years left! And we are grateful.

What we truly need is a protege

not learn and be lured to another school woman

FTFY

Using /s is for cowards.

Too soon.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Do you think that Torrian Gray might ever be lured back if Bud retired?

Honestly, that is my hope.

DBU!

Just like a said about Beamer, Bud Foster IS Virginia Tech

Reach for Excellence!

VT Football: It'll get after ya!

Proud Hokie since 2004.