AURORA | Josh Kelly feels he has business to attend to with Cherokee Trail, but he’s picked his college destination.
The senior-to-be attackman verbally committed to Division III power Ohio Wesleyan, a decision he announced via social media.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Kelly racked up 26 goals last season, the second-most for coach Danny Bowman’s Cougars behind Deryk Delahanty, on his way to All-Centennial League second team honors. Kelly’s best game statistically came with a five-goal outburst in a 12-5 win over Fruita Monument.
Kelly took a visit to Ohio Wesleyan on July 1 and said he felt at home right away. It was enough to make him drop Lynchburg College, Wingate University and Merrimack College from consideration.
“The biggest factor in my decision to go to Ohio Wesleyan would have to be the coaching staff,” Kelly told the Sentinel. “They helped so much throughout the recruiting process and really got me excited about being a Bishop.”
Working in the coaching staff’s favor is the program’s track record, as the Battling Bishops — who finished 18-1 last season — own 27 DIII playoff appearances, which ranks second all-time, and have made four trips to the national championship game.
Another Colorado standout, Max Tennant of 2015 Class 5A state champion Cherry Creek, will be a freshman at Ohio Wesleyan.
Before he moves along, Kelly has a few goals for himself with the Cougars, who finished 7-7 and missed the playoffs in the 2015 season.
“This year, I hope I can lead Cherokee Trail to a playoff berth and prove myself to be an All-State player,” he said.
Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel