Clemson, SC-Clemson first-team All-ACC wide receiver Aaron Kelly announced Wednesday afternoon that he will return for his senior season at Clemson. The native of Alpharetta, GA is the fourth Clemson underclassman who had applied for an evaluation from the NFL, to announce he will return to Clemson over he last two days. On Tuesday, Michael Hamlin, Cullen Harper and Dorell Scott announced plans to remain at Clemson to the 2008 season.
In 2007, Kelly had 88 receptions for 1081 yards and 11 touchdowns. He led the ACC in reception yards and reception touchdowns and ranked second in total receptions. His 88 receptions and 11 touchdown receptions were Clemson records and his 1081 yards ranked second, missing Rod Gardner's record of 1085 yards in 2000 by just four yards.
Kelly enters his senior year third in Clemson history in career receptions, third in touchdown receptions and seventh in career reception yardage. He needs just three receptions, three reception touchdowns and 671 reception yards to become Clemson's career leader in all three categories. He needs just 52 receptions to become the ACC's career reception leader.
"This is a decision that is best for me and my future," said Kelly. "Getting my degree is very important. If I had turned professional, I would have left school now to train and would have had a lot of hours to finish. I am also excited by the prospects for this program next season."