AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Michigan ended its season on a high note, with an impressive 41-7 win against Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
And top in-state prospect, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, was paying extra close attention U-M’s lopsided win against the Gators.
“Particularly, I was paying attention to (Jourdan Lewis), trying to apply some his skills to my game,” Kelly-Powell said of Michigan’s win against Florida. “More importantly, everything, the defense ran perfectly. I talked to Jim Harbaugh (on Friday) at Cass Tech. It was great to see him again. Now I got to get back up there. Other than that, it was just great – I loved it.”
It was Harbaugh’s first visit to Cass this year, which gave him an opportunity to talk up-close and personal with Kelly-Powell.
“We mostly talked about football, but more importantly we talked about family,” Kelly-Powell said his talk with Harbaugh. “How my season went and the holidays. So everything is pretty good.”
What was Harbaugh’s message to Kelly-Powell?
“’Michigan is home, so you might as well come over,’” said Kelly-Powell. “It’s just at home.”
Is Kelly-Powell starting feel at home with Michigan?
“Yes, I grew up in a Michigan household,” he said, adding the family is leaning on him to choose the Wolverines.
Kelly-Powell, who is listed as a safety, says he patterns his game after a current Wolverine safet, Jabrill Peppers.
‘I’m just like Jabrill Peppers,” he said of his game. “A little bit of corner, nickel and safety. I do it all.”
Adding his further observation on Peppers play this past season: “He’s the real deal. Every time I look up he makes it to the ball. So I’m like ‘wow.’”
And if Kelly-Powell were to choose Michigan, he says the opportunity to play early is there.
“Yes, I feel there is opportunity to play early,” Kelly-Powell said. “I trust the coaches and I believe in them. They trust in me, and they have a great coaching staff. I think they can get me to the next level.”
Other Schools of Interest
Upcoming, Kelly-Powell says he has visits setup with Notre Dame (Jan. 23) and with Kentucky (Feb. 6), noting that he will be visiting both schools with his fellow Cass teammates.
“The last time I went down, I went to see the game,” Kelly-Powell said of ND. “I want to see the campus more.”
As far as his Kentucky visit, Kelly-Powell says he open for a new experience down in Lexington, Ky.
“Everything, just surprise me,” he said of his pending UK visit.
That being said, however, Kelly-Powell maintains he has no leader in his recruitment.
“They all standout, they all have my major,” said Kelly-Powell, who wants to be a sports agent post football career. “I’m really happy and blessed.”
Kelly-Powell still has yet to make a decision timeline.