Kelly-Powell Reflects on Michigan BBQ Visit

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell discusses his latest trip to Michigan for its annual Barbecue at the Big House recruiting picnic.

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell has been on Michigan ‘s campus multiple times this year. So he already knows what U-M has to offer.

But today was different altogether, he says, after experiencing Michigan’s annual recruiting bonanza – Barbecue at the Big House.

“It was really fun,” Kelly-Powell said. “It gave us a chance to bond. It wasn’t really about football. It gave us a chance to come together and have fun.”

Adding: “We went on a scavenger hunt, but other than that – it wasn’t about football. You usually take a visit and they want to talk about football. Coaches want to talk about this and that. But this time it wasn’t about football, it was about having fun and getting to know each other.”

That being said, Kelly-Powell admits Michigan is trending in the right direction in his recruitment.

“I like them a lot, I really do,” he said. “The coaches there have over 30 years experience coaching in the NFL. So they can teach you how to get the NFL. They can teach me technique and what coaches are looking for in a player.”

With his high school season right around the corner, Kelly-Powell says he hopes to get back on U-M’s campus for a game this fall.

“I am trying to get back for one of the games,” he said on his next potential visit. “I’m trying to go the first home game against Oregon State.”

Kelly-Powell noted besides Michigan, Kentucky, Northwestern, Ohio State and Vanderbilt are actively recruiting him.


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