USC will be in need of a punter after this season, and the Gamecocks could be close to filling that void.
Former Florida Atlantic punter Sean Kelly (5-10 180) could hear from USC admissions as early as the first part of next week regarding his application to the university, his father said Thursday night.
"He met with the compliance people at South Carolina when he was on his Furman trip to make sure he was in compliance," Kelly's father said Thursday night, adding that he thinks USC is where his son wants to go. "The academic people have his transcript and are working with him and Coach Robinson to verify his eligibility. I think he's going to decide as soon as he knows if he's going to be academically eligible at South Carolina. He connected well with Coach Robinson."
Kelly also visited USC for the Georgia game. He was supposed to go to Auburn last weekend but his dad wasn't sure if he made that visit. Florida State also has been talking with Kelly, who is in a program at Tallahassee JC that will automatically enroll him at FSU once he gets his AA degree in December.
Kelly played his first two seasons in college at Florida Atlantic. In 2013 he averaged 42.7 yards per punt with 19 of them traveling 50 yards or more. Twenty-six of his punts were downed inside the 20. He went to FAU as a walk-on and later earned a scholarship. He is not playing football this season, leaving him three years to play two.
Kelly also played quarterback in high school in Winter Garden, Fla., and drew interest from Catawba College as a quarterback in his senior season.