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4/23/08 - Longview

Lobos Coaches Call Kelly "The Best"

When talking about Malcolm Kelly, Longview Lobos coach John King doesn't need to mince words.

"No question," he said, "He's the best receiver we've ever had at Longview High School."

This weekend, the Lobo turned Sooner will add another jersey to his resume in the NFL Draft. His former coaches still talk about the work ethic that turned him into a possible first-round pick.

"If he could be on the field," former Lobos coach Pat Collins said, "he was there. Worked hard in the weight room, worked hard in the offseason program, did everything we asked of him. Great kid, tremendous character,  team player, big play guy."

With Malcolm's talent and drive, his coaches aren't surprised his career will continue.

"I'm excited for Malcolm and his family," Collins said. "He's such a good person. He's going to give back what's given to him."

"I think he'll be a great ambassador for Longview."

"We always knew Malcolm had something special to offer," King said. "He had a lot of tremendous God-given ability, but he worked very hard because he wanted to be the best. He's got great character, great work ethic, has a tremendous support system at home with his family.  You just knew that if all things stayed equal and he continued to improve, he'd have a chance."

With the foundation laid, Malcolm's chance continues on Saturday.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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