Kelly set to make big impact on Raiders’ D-Line

Grady Kelly is already making quite an impression on the football field. The thing is the season hasn’t even started yet for the Navarre Raiders.

The junior defensive lineman made a trip to Mississippi in early May to compete in an Elite 100 Showcase. He came away with MVP honors, earning himself a spot in the All-American Challenge later this month in Charlotte.

“I knew I had to go out there and do what I can do, and just play,” Kelly said. “I was lucky enough to get MVP and got invited to the All-American Challenge, which is really cool. It was a great experience.”

Kelly showed signs of his potential a season ago, recording 27.5 tackles and leading the Raiders in quarterback hurries (21).

With the defensive line hit hard by graduation, including the loss of two Division I players in Josh Carter and Jordan Jefferson – Kelly will be asked to embrace even more responsibility this season. He welcomes it with open arms.

The experience of playing with so many seniors last season along the line is going to help his cause.

Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year. Visit to view subscription options.

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