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2022 defensive end Nyjalik Kelly commits to Florida State

DE coach John Papuchis picks up a South Florida prospect.


Florida State got some good news on the recruiting trail Tuesday when 2022 defensive end Nyjalik Kelly announced his commitment to the school.

Kelly, a 6’4 230 pound strong-side defensive end who plays for Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is considered a 3-star (86 rating) by 247 Sports. They have him 74th in the state of Florida, and the 31st best strong-side defensive end.

He has offers from Florida, Miami and Kentucky, amongst others.

Kelly spoke with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, detailing his relationship with the coaches and his decision:

“It just feels like home.”

“I FaceTime [FSU defensive line coach John Papuchis and head coach Mike Norvell] every week, sometimes two times a week. They see me as a 3-4 edge rusher, coming off the edge.”

“When I come, we’re winning a national championship,”

“Sometimes you just feel like you’ve just got to do the right thing early. So I’m just doing the right thing early. I was going to wait it out, but it just kept feeling more and more like family.”

“[It] means a lot to me because this is one of my dream schools...they send d-ends to the NFL,” Kelly told Tomahawk Nation after receiving the offer.