Misun Kelley Talks About Virginia Tech Commitment


Misun Kelley
Cornerback, Class of 2023
DW Daniel, Central, SC
5-10, 170

When his cousin committed, his interest piqued. After two months to mull over his options, DW Daniel (SC) three-star cornerback Misun Kelley decided to join him.

On Tuesday, Kelley, Rivals.com’s No. 5 player in South Carolina for the 2023 class, gave his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. While it wasn’t completely about his cousin, three-star athlete Thomas Williams’ decision, that certainly helped. But for Kelley himself, the Hokies simply offered an overall package he said he couldn’t pass up, as he said he chose them over offers from Louisville and East Carolina.

“It won’t be like I’m going by myself, with Thomas,” Kelley said. “And the coaches are cool, too. Thomas committed there over the summer. It was just the people. They have people who talk to you every day when they recruit you.”

Kelley’s lone visit to Virginia Tech came on June 26, when he camped in Blacksburg, and the visit stuck out with him for a few reasons. Part of that was his conversations with head coach Brent Pry and assistant coach Derek “Cheetah” Jones. Kelley said he talks especially with the latter.

“The relationship, it’s close,” Kelley said. “We talk every other day. I tell them a lot about football and my life and stuff, because he’s always asking about that. We started getting close after I went to camp there. Recently, we’ve gotten closer.”

Through those talks, Kelley said he also got a sense for how he could fit into the Hokies’ defense. It’s a plan he said he’s excited for.

“They like to have the secondary cover a lot, so they’ll put me in at nickel,” Kelley said. “They have fast guys with corner and safety. They said they’ll play me there, too. I’ll start at nickel and move around from there.”

This fall, Kelley said he’s continued to play both wide receiver and cornerback. He believes that versatility will bode well for his college career.

“Everybody knows I can play both ways,” Kelley said. “I’m on the field most of the time. I don’t really come out. I think it’ll help me a lot. I’ll be able to get on the field more, just do more when I get on the field at Virginia Tech.”

Kelley won’t wait long to get another in-person look at his future home. He said he’ll be back in Blacksburg Saturday for the Hokies’ home-opener against Boston College. Kelley said he’s unsure when he’ll take his official visit.

“They said not to take it in-season, because I wouldn’t get to talk to them much,” he said. “I want to see how they run the defense in person ad how they prepare for a game. I do want to see how the crowd is, how loud they get.”

The plan for Kelley is to graduate in May and enroll at Virginia Tech next summer. He plans to major in business and marketing. Between now and then, Kelley said he plans to stay in touch with Jones and the rest of the staff, to follow any plan they have for him.

“I know when I come, I’m going to have to focus,” Kelley said. “I’ve got to have my mind right. All I can do is work and grind more. Coach Cheetah told me he won’t be able to say a lot of stuff until he sees me work out more. He’s really only watched me play.”

Now, Kelley and Williams talk about their futures, as teammates. The possibilities certainly have Kelley excited.

“After I committed, we got pretty tight,” Kelley said. “He wasn’t a lot, because he wasn’t trying to make me go there, but he was in my ear a little.”

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