As a junior in 2010 Gonzaga Prep offensive lineman Max Kelly paved the way for record-setting running back Bishop Sankey. This past season he used his quick feet, long arms and smarts to lead the way for junior tailback Jordan Hare who rushed for over 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“Our offense is an option offense so I feel the most comfortable blocking for the run, but I have good feet and I pick things up quickly so I don’t think it will be too hard picking up pass-blocking,” Kelly told Northwest Elite Index recently. “Blocking for Jordan was different than Bishop because they are different players, but the scheme was the same so you just had to go out and do your job.”
Kelly did his job so well in 2010 that he had a lot of interest from schools early on, including the likes of Montana State, Portland State, Eastern Washington, Oregon State and Colorado. Eventually he got the offer he was looking for and he opted to take it and hasn’t looked back.
“I got offered by Montana and I committed to them and basically that’s where I want to go,” Kelly said. “I actually didn’t do well through the process. I didn’t know what I was doing so I don’t think I really got the attention I probably could have, but I committed to Montana and I’m happy with that decision.”
Kelly has impressive size that is complimented nicely by his athleticism (5.0 forty time) to go along with his improving strength — a 320-pound bench press, a 225-pound power-clean and a 450-pound squat.
“I know that I need to get stronger to play college football so that’s what I’ve been focused on since my season ended,” Kelly noted. “I’m just excited to play college football, so it’s going to be amazing these next few months as I wrap up high school and then head off to start college. It’s hard to believe how close it is to happening.”