Seneca Valley quarterback Chris Kelley, who led the top-ranked Germantown school to a third consecutive Maryland state title, made his first official college visit this weekend to Maryland and said he is leaning toward playing for the Terrapins.

"I'd make Maryland the favorite. I really like the idea of staying close to home, I liked the way the coaches talked to me, and I like the team they have coming back next year," said Kelley, who also has visits scheduled at South Carolina, Nebraska and Auburn. He expects to make a decision by early January. The college signing period for football begins Feb. 2.

Kelley, a first-team All-Met selection last season as a linebacker, said he would prefer to play quarterback in college. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder threw for more than 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns this season for the Screaming Eagles (13-0).

Of the four schools on Kelley's list, he said only Auburn has been open to the idea of Kelley playing both offense and defense. But Kelley, who plans to redshirt his freshman season, said he would like to get one position and stick with it.

"That would be the best thing, and the people at Maryland seemed good with that," he said.

Kelley was 26-0 as Seneca Valley's starting quarterback.