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Three-star cornerback, Misun Kelley, talks his decision to stay in-state and commit to Clemson

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The past couple months have been a rollercoaster for Misun Kelley. At the start of September, Kelley committed to Virginia Tech. A month later, he decommitted from Virginia Tech, and was offered by Clemson a day later. After taking an official visit on October 22, Kelley committed to Clemson a week later.

Kelley is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback from D.W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina. He is ranked as the No. 88 cornerback in the country, the No. 12 recruit in South Carolina, and the No. 892 overall recruit in the Class of 2023. Kelley joined me on Instagram Live on September 15 for an interview. At the time, he was committed to Virginia Tech.

Misun Kelley Interview

When Kelley decommitted from Virginia Tech, Clemson was a school that immediately gained ground for Kelley two reasons: they were just starting to recruit him and he is an in-state recruit. All in all, Kelley liked what Clemson had to offer, regardless of when they came in the picture and how close to home he would be.

“The atmosphere and how things work, everything,” Kelley said. “The fans, the players, the culture.”

Clemson offered Kelley on October 7, but he’s been able to form relationships with quite a few coaches on the staff. He found it easy to talk to the coaches about things mainly not relating to football.

“I’m close with Coach [Dabo] Swinney, Coach [Wes] Goodwin, Coach [Tyler] Grisham and Coach [Mike] Reed,” Kelley said. “[The] conversations are really just about life, not too much about football, just checking on me as a person.”

Kelley has also been able to form relationships with his fellow Clemson commits in the Class of 2023. Clemson currently holds the No. 10 ranked recruiting class in the Class of 2023 according to 247sports, and Kelley is Clemson’s first recruit from South Carolina.

‘I love them already,” Kelley said. “Relationships with them has been built good.”

Clemson is also ranked No. 5 in the AP Top 25 rankings, and Kelley is looking to be a part of a program that is a National Championship contender year after year. “Being a better player right off the bat and getting straight to the grind,” Kelley said.

Before he arrives on campus, Kelley has a senior season to finish at D.W. Daniel High School. His team is 10-0 on the season, and they look to start a deep playoff run on Friday.

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