Even greater than being ranked No. 1 in the nation to Chandler (Ariz.) Basha junior quarterback Ryan Kelley is to be ranked as a dual threat.
Kelley, who committed to Oregon, is rated by ESPNas the No. 1 2017 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. It’s been tough to shed the pocket-passer label.
“I’m stoked, blessed, and I’m glad they moved me to a dual threat,” Kelley told The Arizona Republic. “I thought I was super underrated as a runner.”
ESPN lists him at 6-foot-3, 178 pounds. But Basha coach Gerald Todd said that Kelley recently was measured at 6-4 and 187 pounds.
“He has worked hard on his speed, strength, technique,” Todd said. “In the PAC (Pac-12), he’s got an opportunity to really do something, and he isn’t taking it for granted.
“When that ranking came out, he said he was going to work even harder. He has always had the arm strength and accuracy. When he was a sophomore, he was kind of gangly. Now he’s filling out and he’s getting stronger and faster.”
Kelley took part in The Opening Regional event in Los Angeles last weekend and spent time with USA TODAY Sports’ David Schmulenson in the video above.