When you talk about the best quarterbacks in Louisiana for the 2020 class, many mention T.J Finley (LSU commit) & Caleb Holstein, but you might want to get familiar with Edna Karr quarterback Leonard Kelly. He is coming off a 15-0 season capped off with a state championship & he finished the year with 2,817 yards passing, 38 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, & a 75.4 % completion rate.
The Edna Karr signal caller doesn’t get nearly the recognition he deserves, but when you watch this kid perform on Friday nights you can clearly see he is an elite quarterback. Kelly’s mechanics, footwork in the pocket, accuracy & arm strength puts him in an elite category. The knock on Kelly is his height where he is listed at 5-11, 185 pounds. Kelly is a true dual threat quarterback that can make any throw on the route tree with very good velocity. His feet work & pocket presence is very impressive on film to go with his live arm, but with all of that Kelly is a hell of a leader on & off the field.
A quarterback that comes to mind right off the back when you watch Kelly play is Russell Wilson. His ability to extend plays with his legs while keeping his eyes down field to make a big play is something this kid thrives at. If you're not a believer, just ask Warren Easton when it was 4th & 13 in the fourth quarter of the state championship how Kelly threw a dart to his receiver for a touchdown on the run escaping an all out blitz. That touchdown would be the go ahead score to give Edna Karr the win & repeat as state champions for the third year in a row.
Kelly was one of the top quarterback performers at the Elite 11 Nike camp & at the Rivals camp this past month. A lot of schools have taken notice of Kelly’s performance this past season & on the camp circuit so far. Tulane, Houston, LA Tech, Southeastern, & Southern are all the schools that are showing heavy interest in Kelly at the moment. These schools are expected to drop by for spring practices to further evaluate Kelly going forward.
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