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UNC Football: Cam’Ron Kelly has been ruled eligible to play

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Originally enrolled at Auburn, Kelly was granted his transfer waiver on Wednesday

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A big benefit of the new Mack Brown era was how quickly recruiting turned around. Of the commits that salvaged the recruiting class, one was 4* defensive back Cam’Ron Kelly, even though he didn't officially count. Kelly originally was committed and signed to Auburn, and went so far as to early enroll and start taking in classes in January to get his feet wet in college before the fall. However, some unfortunate news about health situations in his family caused him to want to be closer to his home in Virginia.

However, because Kelly had already technically enrolled at Auburn, he needed to apply for a transfer waiver in order to play immediately, despite never having played a college game. It’s been an issue lingering over the entire preseason, but on Wednesday, Kelly finally got good news:

Mack Brown addressed the situation on Monday, indicating that Kelly had moved to the prep team because the coaching staff had no clue if he was going to play due to the months-long silence on the part of the NCAA. Due to this and the fact that the game plan for South Carolina would have been installed by now, Kelly isn’t likely to start or see a ton of the field Saturday, though he could rotate in to offset the first-half loss of Patrice Rene. However, now that the coaching staff knows he can play this season, he’ll be a key addition to a secondary that’ll looking to adapt to the responsibilities new defensive coordinator Jay Bateman will place on them. And as a talented player, he'll add power and depth to a unit that's sure to need it. We're glad the right thing finally happened, for Cam'Ron's family, the team, and himself, and look forward to watching him!