DETROIT – In front of friends, family and, of course his high school teammates, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech’s Jaylen Kelly-Powell accepted his official invite to the Under Armour All American Game. The four-star defensive back joins a notable list of Cass alumni to play in the annual high school all-star game showcase.
“This is a great opportunity to represent the Cass Tech family, my family, and my teammates," Kelly-Powell told The Michigan Insider moments before his Under Armour presentation. "It's just an honor to play in this game. I can't wait to get down there and play in this historic game and represent Detroit football."
Former Cass standouts that went on to become Under Armour invitees through the years include David Dawson and Terry Richardson. The Under Armour game selects roughly 90 high school players from around the United States to participate in the event on January 1, 2017. Throughout the broadcast (1 p.m. EST, ESPN) players from both teams will use it as an opportunity to announce their college decisions. However, Kelly-Powell, who plans to graduate early, will be committed and enrolled in his school by then. After his recent trip to Michigan for its annual Barbecue at the Big House in early August, Kelly-Powell reiterated that Michigan's strong standing.
“Michigan, they are in the top five,” Kelly-Powell told TMI in an interview shortly after the barbecue concluded.
When it came to the identity of the other four schools he was non-committal.
“It’s kind of hard to say right now,” he replied.
Kelly-Powell also holds notable offers from Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and just recently took an official visit to Nebraska on Sept. 3.