Scholarship offer No. 7 is in the books for 2017 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech safety Jalyen Kelly-Powell, this one coming from the Michigan Wolverines.
“Coach (Thomas) Wilcher told me to come into his office,” Kelly-Powell said. “He said I need you to call this person. I said, ‘Who?’ He said it was Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley from Michigan.
“He gave me his phone and we just talked, and he offered me. He asked, ‘How does it feel to get your hometown offer?’ I said, ‘It feels great, coach.’”
Growing up just a short drive from Ann Arbor, Kelly-Powell couldn’t be more thrilled to have the option of taking his talents to play for Jim Harbaugh at the next level.
“I was really excited cause it’s my hometown (team),” Kelly-Powell said. “I grew up a Michigan fan. Now, I just got to build my relationship with the coach.”
At 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Kelly-Powell already has a nice frame on the high school level, recently impressing with his combination of quickness and physicality at workout at Belleville high school.
Kelly-Powell remains in the early phases of building his bond with former Michigan and NFL running back Tyrone Wheatley, familiarizing himself further with the Wolverines.
“It’s pretty good,” Kelly-Powell said. “I get to get a feeling for college and the NFL with him but it’s going good.”
Able to talk with and see some current members of the Michigan football team, Kelly-Powell already sees a difference in the approach on and off the field under the new coaching staff.
“They’re competing more,” Kelly-Powell said. “They’re trying to get their players together and build a winner.”