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Kelley running to Methodist

One of Alcovy’s best offensive weapons from last year is moving on to college. Tiger running back Kenyon Kelley will be playing football at Methodist College after signing his letter of intent on Tuesday afternoon.

With him on his signing day were his parents, Scott and Stephanie Russ, “This is the day we’ve been looking forward to,” Scott said.

“I believe he’ll fit in pretty good. He’ll work hard, get his school work, get a good work ethic and he’ll be fine,” he added.

Scott says football is Kelley’s passion. He says that it’s what he’s been doing since he was a little kid playing rec ball. Scott says it’s just what he loves to do.

Kelley, who had multiple visits with schools, is joining a football program that has won a couple conference championships and is coming off a winning season, but that’s not why he chose them.

“I really chose them because it’s really a small school, somewhere I can stay focused and keep my mind focused on school. I really like the school because they really focused on getting you a job after your four years,” Kelley said. “Most schools don’t usually talk about getting you a job when you get out of school and everything, and they were really focused on getting me a job. That’s why I really went down there because I really wanted a job when I get out of school because what’s the point of going to school if you’re not getting a job?”

Kelley is a versatile offensive player, but he played mostly running back at Alcovy while lining up as a returner and a receiver. Kelley says that he hopes to start as a return specialist because he liked it so much in high school. Kelley added that Methodist’s current starting running back is a senior and he will be graduating.

“That gives me the opportunity to come in and do what I gotta do to try and get a starting position,” Kelley said.

Kelley says that he likes the organization. He added that his future coaches told him that they liked how he runs – fearless. Kelley says they were surprised to see how he small he was when they met him because he runs with his head down, always looking to get extra yardage.

Scott says that Kelley is their first child to go to college and he’s glad to see him do good. Kelley said that he was ready to show and prove at the next level.