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4-Star Safety Checks Out Auburn's Football Program On a Road Trip

Class of 2017 safety prospect Jaylen Kelly-Powell talks about Auburn and other colleges.

Detroit, Mich.--On a summer tour of college football programs, one of Jaylen Kelly-Powell's stops was the Auburn  campus.

Arriving at Auburn during the summer camp season, the four-star safety was able to work out for the coaching staff and earned a scholarship offer from the Tigers.

“It went pretty good, but there is always room for improvement,” said Kelly-Powell, who has offers from teams around the country.

Rated the No. 1 safety prospect in the state of Michigan and the entire Midwest by Scout.com, Kelly-Powell is ranked as the No. 27 safety prospect in the country.

“Recruiting is going pretty well,” he said. “I am just taking it day by day. I have been having fun with it going out to see different schools. I want to see what they have to offer and what they are like. I am enjoying the process.”

Kelly-Powell noted that he was impressed by his visit to Auburn, but added it is too early to say where the Tigers are on his list of top colleges. “I don’t have any favorites yet,” he said.

A three-year starter at Michigan high school power Cass Tech, the safety said football will be only part of the decision process for choosing a college. “How do I feel, not just as a player, but as a student,” he said. “Coaches end up leaving because for them it is a business and I understand that they have to leave for jobs if that is what is best for their family.”

Asked if playing in the SEC intrigues him, Kelly-Powell said, “I am interested in any conference. I am open-minded about it.”

The prospect pointed out that he appreciates his coaches at Cass Tech who have taken him and other prospects to football camps with a chance to see different colleges.

“We have great coaches who work with us every day and really care about us,” he said. “They spend time working with us after practice and talking to us about different things.”

A 6-0, 180-pound safety with 4.45 speed, the 17-year-old was asked what he does best as a football player. “I would say I am quick, I am big and I am versatile. I can do multiple things.”

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