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Gallatin specialist Max Kelley is committed to South Carolina football

Gallatin kicker and punter Max Kelley committed to football at South Carolina on May 15. By Christina Moore

After his weekend visit to Columbia, Gallatin senior kicker and punter Max Kelley announced his commitment to South Carolina football on Saturday evening.

Kelley is the No. 14 kicker and No. 36 punter nationwide, according to Kohl’s Kicking Camps. He is a five-star player and has a four and a half star rating for his punting.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior was named All-Region 4-6A and All-Sumner County specialist last season. Kelley converted on all but five attempts and hit nine field goals with a 45-yarder in the Class 6A playoffs.

He averaged 38.1 yards on 29 punts, made a 61-yard kick and pinned nine inside the 20-yard line in his junior year.

Kelley received SEC offers from the Gamecocks and Tennessee in May. Since early April, he has made trips to Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee and South Carolina.

He is the son of former Gallatin and Liberty kicker Jay Kelley, who scored 178 points in his college career and was named an honorable mention All-American by Football Gazette in 2001. His cousin Trace also previously kicked for the Green Wave and for East Tennessee State.