It is not uncommon to see high school football players attend as many different football camps during the month of June. It is a way for them to show off their skills in front of different coaches in hope that their performance in camp will lead to scholarship offers.
One of those players on the camp tour is Waukesha West High School defensive end Marcus Kelly. Before arriving on Wisconsin's campus to attend the Badgers one-day football camp Sunday, he was able to compete at Iowa State's camp Saturday.
"The Iowa State camp went well (and) after the camp the Iowa State coaching staff told me that I jumped up their recruiting board," Kelly told BadgerNation. "They also told me they want me to try and make a return visit in the fall."
Even though Kelly went through the Cyclones camp on Saturday, he came away pleased with how he performed in front of the Wisconsin coaches.
"The Wisconsin camp went well I thought," Kelly said. "The camp itself seemed focus more on individual one-on-one matchups with other prospects. It was good to be able to go against them because it gave me an idea where I was from a talent standpoint."
Kelly has the ability to line up at tight end but the 6-4, 235-pound prospect has worked with the defensive line during the last two Wisconsin camps, which had led to one-on-one matchups against some familiar faces.
"I was in the same group as Andrew Ruzek, who's from Stevens Point, but during my one-on-ones I went up against (Oak Creek's) Nathan Veloz and (Kettle Moraine's) Ian Dretzka. Dretzka is in my conference so I'm pretty familiar with him and what he likes to do. I felt like I won a good majority of my one-on-ones so I was happy with that. I felt like I did a better job during pass rush situations then I did in the run game during the camp."
One thing Kelly did notice was when he did lose a matchup it was due to his hand placement.
"I need to become more consistent with my hands," Kelly said. "At times I will put them outside and when you do that you're going to lose your matchup. I just need to keep working on it and trying to become more consistent."
Kelly said defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a didn't individually coach him while he was competing but would let him know when he was doing something well.
"He would never say anything negative," Kelly said. "It was all positive he would shout to me when I was doing something well or when I did a good job with my hands."
Due to the many visitors that were on hand, Kelly did not have a chance to individually speak with either Kauha'aha'a or cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland, who is his recruiting contact, but said he understood the time constraints.
"No school has specifically told me where I stand on their recruiting board," Kelly said. "I feel like I'm pretty high up on Northern Illinois board and their coaching staff seems to like me but will see what comes of it."
With Kelly attending all the camps this coming week he has one simple goal in what he wants to show to the different coaches.
"I just want to prove to coaches that I have gotten bigger and stronger since they last saw me and try and show them my speed," Kelly said. "I also want to show that I can get after the passer because my film doesn't have much of me getting after the quarterback and I want to show that I'm capable of that."