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The first five-star prospect of the 2025 class is here!
Cam Kelley, a 6-2, 185-pound lefty attackman from Taft (Conn.) and Prime Time, breaks the seal. Kelley, a North Carolina native who boards at Taft, is coming off a freshman campaign where he pocketed 25 goals and dished out four assists against a daunting Rhinos’ schedule. That included a whopping seven goals in a win over rival Salisbury. It gave a glimpse of his ability to take over a game.
“Cam has as much ability and potential as any true ninth grader we’ve seen come through our program in recent memory,” Taft head coach Nic Bell said. “His combination of size, length, top-end speed, and change of direction are hard to come by, and he has a knack for making plays around the GLE and in the low wings. I don’t think Cam fully understands what his highest level might look like, and I am excited to see him reach for more and not be satisfied with where he is today.”
Leading Prime Time to the Top
Kelley followed it up by helping Prime Time to its first NLF National Championship at Lehigh. He scored twice in the title game to highlight a dominant tournament. Kelley uses his size and speed to his advantage, and rare are the times where he doesn’t demand an early slide.
“Cam is not only an elite lacrosse player but an outstanding kid,” Prime Time 2025 head coach Chris Daniello said. “He has the ability to break down defenders in multiple ways. He can finish on the run, in tight and from distance. I think the most underrated part of his game is his feeding ability. I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses over the year.”
If you can score 25 as a freshman against Taft’s schedule, you’re legit. Kelley played up with 2024s for years as an of-age 2025 and has always been a consistent scoring threat. He loves to get up the hash and use his size and length to shoot over defenders. It’s incredibly hard for any defenseman to stop.
Kelley didn’t have to do much feeding with Taft because the Rhinos have an excellent X attackman in NLF No. 30 senior Peter Moynihan, a Yale commit. That doesn’t mean he can’t do it. Kelley is an excellent passer who draws defenses out of position and finds open teammates on the back side with regularity. He’s not likely to ever be a 50-assist guy, but he doesn’t have to be. Fifty goals and 20 assists as an upperclassman at Taft seems very much attainable.
As Bell said, Kelley doesn’t fully understand what his highest level is. His ceiling is beyond vast. When Kelley’s on, there’s not a lot that’s going to be able to slow him down. Putting it all together on a rep-by-rep basis will make him unstoppable.