ASU Gains Commitment from Idaho Quarterback Taylor Kelly

Joe HealeyContributor IJanuary 18, 2010

After hosting four uncommitted official visitors this weekend, Arizona State has gained pledges from two players among that group.

Junior college safety Eddie Elder provided a verbal commitment to ASU Saturday, and according to, quarterback Taylor Kelly has followed suit and has notified the Sun Devil staff of his intention to sign with ASU in February.

The 2009 recipient of the Gatorade State Player of the Year for Idaho, the 6-3, 180-pounder completed 182-of-265 passes for 2,509 yards and 22 touchdowns, while adding 1,005 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 156 carries.

Though he had been committed to Nevada since July, Kelly made no bones about the fact that ASU had been his "dream school" since his youth as he often emulates another Idahoan and Sun Devil legend—Jake Plummer.

With the December decision by four-star prospect Peter Thomas to rescind his pledge to ASU and to attend Colorado State, the Sun Devils had to make up significant ground in its quarterback recruitment as Thomas had been an ASU pledge since the summer. 

Kelly is regarded as a mobile, dual-threat quarterback that is expected to be a compatible fit for ASU’s offense under new coordinator Noel Mazzone.

With this weekend’s two commitments, ASU’s class has increased to 21 total members and in all, the Sun Devils are expected to add another two to four commitments to their 2010 signing class.

For a full interview with Taylor Kelly and detailed, up-to-the-minute updates and insight on ASU recruiting and athletics, visit  


Joe Healey is a 2006 graduate of Arizona State University and also writes for, Maroon and Gold Illustrated, as well as official ASU football publications and is also involved with The Pat Tillman Foundation. He can be reached at