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2022 commit Nyjalik Kelly recaps visit for spring game

Six of Florida State’s seven verbal commitments in the 2022 class were in attendance for the Seminoles annual spring game over the weekend. After committing to FSU last August, defensive end Nyjalik Kelly has continued to see his recruitment grow over the offseason.

With schools like Miami, Texas, Oregon, and others pushing for him, it was important for the coaching staff to get Kelly to Tallahassee on Saturday. He caught up with NoleGameday to share his thoughts on the unofficial visit.

“They have a great fanbase,” Kelly said. “They’re always cheering, the stadium is always loud. I’ve got to get used to playing in a loud stadium.”

The defensive ends stood out this weekend during the spring game. Grad-transfer Jermaine Johnson was in the backfield all day and recorded multiple sacks while constantly pressuring the quarterbacks. Derrick McClendon had some good sequences as well.

“I was watching them and just picturing myself in their shoes,” Kelly said. “I could possibly start next year so I was just seeing myself in their shoes, how they work, how they get after the ball.”

“They were playing fast,” Kelly continued. “Locating the ball, finding the running backs, it was very good.”


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Multiple young guys took a lot of reps this weekend on both sides of the ball. Some of the notables were freshmen wide receivers Malik McClain and Joshua Burrell along with fellow early enrollee, defensive end Joshua Farmer. It was something that Kelly noticed while watching the action.

“It means they like to play freshmen,” Kelly said. “I wouldn’t want to sit, I’m trying to play as soon as I get there.”

Prior to the game, 2022 athlete Rodney Hill publicly committed to #Tribe22. The Florida native says that the other members of the class knew it was coming.

“We knew that he was coming,” Kelly said. “He texted it in the group chat. It’s a great addition to #Tribe22”

Though the spring game resulted in just one commitment on Saturday, the after-effects could lead to more prospects joining the class down the line. Kelly has been speaking to some uncommitted prospects since the spring game.

“I don’t know yet,” Kelly said. “I’ve been talking to some players, I’m just trying to keep it private, they might commit during the summer. I ain’t saying nothing.”

The Dillard High School product is planning to have a busy couple of months this summer. He’s hoping to check out multiple schools and will officially visit Florida State on September 5 for the Notre Dame game.

“Oregon, Texas, Florida, Miami, LSU, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Penn State,” Kelly said. “I’m gonna be traveling this summer.”

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end is currently ranked as the No. 228 overall prospect, the No. 12 SDE, and the No. 25 player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports. #Tribe22 ranks No. 10 in the country and No. 1 in the ACC.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Kelly this summer and into his senior season.


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