Jaylen Kelly-Powell has experienced Michigan's “Barbecue at the Big House” before, he knows that the day entails. Still, though, the senior to be admits he enjoyed his trip to Ann Arbor for U-M’s annual recruiting event on Saturday was just better this time around.
“It was more fun actually, more activates to do, climbing, basketball, dunking people in the water, all kinds of stuff,” Kelly-Powell said of his barbecue experience. “I did the scavenger hunt, everything.”
Adding: “It was fun meeting some of the guys I haven’t met before, some of the guys I have met before, like guys from The Opening, Nico Collins, all those guys.”
Kelly-Powell, who stars at Deroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, toured U-M’s campus with fellow Michigan commits and prospects, including his cousin, top 2017 cornerback Ambry Thomas.
“He’s likes it a lot, he had fun as well,” Kelly-Powell said of his cousin, who stars at Detroit (Mich.) King. “We were playing basketball one-on-one (during our stay). I don’t know how, but it was pretty fun.”
Kelly-Powell has gone on record before staying he would like Thomas to pick the same school as him, but still wouldn’t say whether that will be a reality or not.
“It’s a possibility,” Kelly-Powell said. “At the end of the day, what best fits him - best fits me.”
With his high school season just a few shorts weeks away, Kelly-Powell admits he still hasn’t decided where he will take his official visits yet. In fact, he says he plans to put out his top-five in September, although, he did reveal one of his schools who made the cut.
“Michigan, they are in top-five,” Kelly-Powell said, noting on his other four schools on his list. “It’s kind of hard to say right now.”
As far as a decision timeline, Kelly-Powell says he plans to graduate early and announce sometime after his senior season.