Kelly-Powell Updates Recruitment, talks U-M

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell updates his recruitment with Michigan and more.

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell showcased why indeed he is one of the top juniors from Great Lakes State, leading the way with four tackles, a pass break up and a rushing touchdown in Cass’ 27-0 win over Southfield (Mich.) on Saturday night.

“We played a good game,” he said. “Me and my teammates played together, we communicated – but we still can still get better.”

At times during the game, Southfield’s offense drifted away from Kelly-Powell, and he did admit it got a little frustrating.

“Yes and no, because sometimes they were trying to go away form me,” he explained. “I kept getting close to the play. But then my team would take them down, so it was a team effort.”


Currently, Kelly-Powell has notable offers from Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State among others, however, a new school form out west has added its name to his offer list.

“The latest offer that I got was Stanford,” he said. “I like them a lot. They are high on academics.”

Now with his season under way, Kelly-Powell says he may limit his visit schedule to potential schools.

“I’m going to try to try to get to some games but I got to figure out if we have a bye week and what schedule is,” he said. “I got to talk to Coach Wilcher, so he can let me know.”

Michigan, of course, is one school he has continued to talk to on a regular basis.

“Pretty good, they talk to me like an actual family member,” he said of Michigan. “Like their actual player.”

Adding: “No. 1, Michigan’s education stands out and their alumni is really big in the U.S. And they are trying to change the program, and I like that. I just want to continue to meet the coaches and meet Coach Harbaugh a little more.”

And on Thursday when U-M plays at Utah, Kelly-Powell says he’ll be watching.

“I want to see how the coaches communicate with their defensive backs,” he said. “How they are working with them and their techniques, too.”

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