DETROIT -- Along with his Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech teammates, four-star 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell went to Michigan for unofficial visit late last month.
The visit, he says, was an overall success, as he discussed his trip with The Michigan Insider.
“Overall, (my) visit was great,” Kelly-Powell said of his trip to U-M. “I spent time with coach (Chris) Partridge and coach (Mike) Zordich.”
Zordich, who coaches the Wolverines secondary, also made it a point to show Kelly-Powell U-M’s new play book under first year defensive coordinator Don Brown.
“Great (talking to Zordich), we talked about a lot of things,” Kelly-Powell said. “When I went up there for the (U-M vs. Northwestern basketball) game, we went over the play book and how coach Brown is doing everything. It’s pretty easy; I learned it in like five minutes.”
Kelly-Powell, who has been on multiple visits to Michigan already, says his plan is to come back to Ann Arbor when U-M plays its annual spring game on April 1. And when he does come back to campus, he admits he will be keeping an watchful eye on two of U-M’s premiere defenders.
“I just want to keep watching J.D. (Jourdan Lewis) ball out like he always do,” Kelly-Powell said. “Watch Jabrill Peppers in the middle, every time I look up he’s at the ball somehow. I am like ‘wow!’ Just uses a little bit of their advice and technique, and use it as my own.”
Currently, Kelly-Powell holds notable offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Stanford and Duke among others. That being said, when he finally makes his commitment known, he says that education will play a major role in his decision.
“Education is the most important, because I can’t play football forever,” Kelly-Powell said. “Then build my relationship with the coaches, do I see myself as player? Do I see myself as a student? That’s the most important thing, am I comfortable or not?”
As far as decision timeline, Kelly-Powell says he’s still undecided.
“Not yet (on a timeline), I am going to sit down with (Cass Tech coach Thomas) Wilcher and family and talk it over,” Kelly-Powell said.