The next stop in Chad Kelly's football odyssey has been set.
The former Red Lion quarterback with the famous last name announced his verbal commitment to Clemson University on Thursday during a news conference at his current school, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
"I fell in love the first day I got there," Kelly said of Clemson. "Back in April, that was the first trip I took, and it was absolutely amazing from the first minute I got there."
The 6-foot-3 rising senior, the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, chose the Tigers over Florida State and Alabama, among others.
Kelly spent his first two high school seasons at Red Lion. He was dismissed from the Lions football team for undisclosed reasons midway through his sophomore season in 2009, and he eventually landed at St. Joe's.
In his first season with the Marauders last fall, Kelly posted record-setting numbers. He became the first quarterback in New York's history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a single season.
Kelly is ranked 80th among ESPNU's top 150 high school football players in the class of 2012, and he is the site's fifth-ranked quarterback. Both Scout.com and Rivals.com rate Kelly as a three-star recruit (out of five).
Clemson, led by head coach Dabo Swinney, finished 6-7 last year, 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.