Miami freshman Nyjalik Kelly is impressing coaches, teammates in his first offseason
Freshman defensive lineman Nyjalik Kelly hasn’t played a down for the Hurricanes yet, but he’s still managed to impress his coaches and teammates.
Kelly was a key recruit in the Canes’ 2022 class. He was the No. 90 overall player and the No. 14 defensive lineman in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings.
So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his first summer in Coral Gables went so well. But it certainly impressed Miami defensive ends coach Rod Wright.
“He does things with no effort that the older guys will see him do a drill and be like, ‘oh my god,'” Wright said at Miami’s media day on Tuesday, via The Miami Herald. “And then he’ll run back to the end of the line and be like, ‘What?’ Almost like, ‘Can you not do that?’”
If Kelly can have an impact in Miami’s pass rush from Day 1, it would be significant. Last season, the Canes finished 5th in the ACC with 33 sacks. However, Miami’s top 2 pass rushers in terms of sacks have both exited the program.
That could leave room for someone like Kelly to make a big impact in Miami’s defensive line rotation.
The Canes open the 2022 season with Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 3.