Name: Jayden Kelly
Position: Defensive Back
High School: St Joan of Arc [Barrie, ON]
Summer Club: Huronia Stallion [OFC]
Kelly excelled as a slotback, defensive back and P/K returner for the St Joan of Arc Knights, a team that was 28-2 over the past 3 seasons. SJA reached three consecutive OFSAA Bowls, winning in 2013. Kelly caught passes for 630 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in 2013. He added more TDs as a returner. In 2014 Kelly was MVP of his high school league, the GBSSA.
Kelly also shone as a Track & Field athlete including at last month’s OFSAA Track & Field meet. Kelly’s OFSAA performance included reaching the finals in three events – 100 Metre & 200 Metre sprints, plus the long jump – and earning a bronze in the 200M. Kelly, who competed with a sore knee, was the top ranked long jumper heading into the meet.
One of 6 DBs in the 2015 class. The Gryphons defensive backfield is one of the deepest units on the team returning every starter from last year’s squad. The unit will have one 5th year and several 4th year players in 2015. Graduation, position changes and attrition open up 4 or 5 positions on the DB depth chart.
When you have an opportunity to land an athlete with Kelly’s speed and explosiveness you take it and worry about what position he plays afterwards. It’s not often you find a HS recruit who consistently runs a sub 11-second 100 Meters. While Kelly has primarily been an offensive weapon his HS coach told me Kelly has the makings of a very good DB … he loves the physical part of the game. In my opinion it’s Kelly’s potential value on special teams as a punt & kick returner that might give him a shot at dressing early in his career. He could be part of a dynamic duo if you put him alongside All-Canadian Returner Ryan Nieuwesteeg.
Odds & Ends
- An OFC Varsity All Star and Special Teams Player of the Year with Huronia
- Competing in Athletics Canada’s National T & F championships in Edmonton this weekend
- Kelly will compete with the Gryphons Track & Field team in the 100M, 200M and long jump
- In 2011 Kelly won OFSAA Gold in the long jump, Bronze in the 100 Meters while placing 4th in the 200M