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FSU lands Colorado State transfer defensive lineman Grady Kelly

Trading green and gold for garnet and gold.

NCAA Football: Air Force at Colorado State Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

FSU just got an infusion of experience along the defensive line.

Following an official visit, former Colorado State defensive tackle Grady Kelly has decided to return to the Sunshine State and spend his final years of college football in Tallahassee.

The former Navarre High star was offered by DC Adam Fuller. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Kelly will be a nice addition to the defensive tackle rotation and should be an immediate contributor.

This past season for the Rams, he finished with 35 tackles (25 solo), including 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. After entering the transfer portal, Kelly received offers from the Arizona State Sun Devils, Boston College Eagles, Indiana Hoosiers, Kansas Jayhawks, Maryland Terrapins, Michigan State Spartans, Minnesota Golden Gophers, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Texas A&M Aggies, among others.

From his Colorado State bio:

Awards and Honors

Freshman All-American (College Football News, 2022)

At Colorado State

Redshirt Freshman, 2022 (12/10):

• Earned a starting spot in the season opener at Michigan

• Tied for seventh on the team for total tackles with 43

• Tallied one sack, two pass breakups and two QB hits, as well as one fumble recovery

• The first freshman defensive lineman to earn All-American honors since Nordly Capi in 2011

Freshman, 2021 (2/0):

• Appeared in final two games of the season

• Had first tackle against Nevada

• Redshirted

Personal/High School

• Played for coach Jay Walls

• Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports composite

• A two-sport letterwinner, including weightlifting

• Also played basketball and competed in track

• Finished his career with 133 tackles, including 47.0 for loss

• 26.0 career sacks, a school record

• Also holds the school records for sacks in a season and a game

• Forced two fumbles and blocked a kick in his career

• Named defensive MVP and a team captain

• Born in Greeley, CO

• Parents are Blake and Lisa

• Has three brothers, Liam, Ashton and Jaxson, and two sisters, Emma and Harper