The Penn State Nittany Lions have begun a new era of football under head coach James Franklin, but unfortunately had to dismiss four-star freshman linebacker Daiquan Kelly from their football program. He was dismissed due to a violation of team rules, although whatever he did has not been released and likely won’t be.
Kelly was a four-star piece of the Nittany Lions’ 2015 recruiting class, and was expected to step in as a big part of their defense.
There is no question that this violation of team rules had to be something very serious. No football program would cut a player with Kelly’s talent over something small. More information could become available over time, but there is an even better chance that some sports investigative reporter will figure it out before one of the two parties decides to explain what happened.
At 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, there was quite a bit of potential for Kelly to grow into. He would have had to bulk up in a big way in order to make the type of impact that Penn State needed him to, but his athleticism cannot be disputed. His speed and ability to make plays in the open field would have been a major addition to the Nittany Lions.
That being said, this news is disappointing but Penn State will be just fine moving forward. They will figure out a way to bring in another linebacker or two in a future recruiting class, and there are plenty of other players currently on their roster that can step up in the meantime.
While this is a big step backwards for Kelly, there is a good chance that he will find a team willing to give him a second chance. There were quite a few other teams interested in him outside of Penn State, and assuming he’s not in any huge legal issues he could turn back to them and see if they would be willing to bring him on board still.