With his senior season under way for Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, 2017 safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell has full schedule remaining in his recruitment.
Part of that schedule is taking official visits, as he just took two official visits this month to Nebraska and Oregon respectively, with the Cornhuskers getting the first visit on Sept. 3.
“It went really well, I had a s lot of fun,” Kelly-Powell said of Nebraska. “The atmosphere was just great. The fans really appreciate the team. Nebraska is the only team, basically like an NFL team.”
As far as Oregon is concerned, Kelly-Powell said in an interview before his trip, he planned to keep an eye on how they utilized their secondary in his Sept. 10 trip.
“I’m going to watch the game, see how they use their nickel’s, cornerbacks, safeties, how their coaches coach the game, like third down situations and stuff, kind of how they react,” Kelly-Powell said of Oregon. “Lastly I want to have fun with the players, and meet the players really, and see the campus and what it has to offer.”
With three more official visits left in his recruitment, Kelly-Powell says he will spend his next visit at Alabama on Oct. 22, but hasn’t planned out his last two yet.
“The relationship is pretty good with Alabama,” Kelly-Powell said. “They want to use me at corner, so at the game I am going to see how they use their nickel.”
Michigan (2-0) is off to a hot start this season, and Kelly-Powell admits they “look great” on defense so far, as he’s also kept a close eye on playmaking linebacker Jabrill Peppers. Why? Well, because U-M is recruiting Kelly-Powell to play the same hybrid-safety position at Michigan.
“I feel like I can do that, too,” Kelly-Powell said of Peppers. “He’s like a linebacker, nickel, safety, he covers, he does a lot of things dynamic, especially on offense.”
And the fact that Michigan has played 17 true freshmen so far this season, Kelly-Powell says that’s a little intriguing in his recruitment with U-M.
“It let’s you know you can come in and make a name for yourself and show that you deserve to play,” Kelly-Powell said.Kelly-Powell plans to graduate early and announce is commitment after his season.