Story by Kyle Bogenschutz
Interview by Sam Webb
Making one last stop before heading off to Ann Arbor, Jaylen Kelly-Powell was in Orlando competing in the 2017 Under Armor All-American game.
Officially done with the high school scene at Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, Kelly-Powell can now begin to look ahead to his career with the Wolverines.
"It feels good," Kelly-Powell told The Michigan Insider. "I'm going to go to Michigan, ball out, (and) have fun."
Kelly-Powell credits a strong support system for getting him to this point in his athletic and academic career.
Entering a wide open depth chart defensively at Michigan, Don Brown and the Wolverines' coaching staff have a plan for the former Technician.
"They want me to play the viper position just like Jabrill Peppers," Kelly-Powell said. "Play corner, nickel, safety, of course he plays some offense but I don't know if I'll play offense or not. They're going to use me like they use him."
Citing a chip on his shoulder based on doubters, questioning and wondering if Kelly-Powell could be a major divison one prospect, the four-star talent says he'll be embracing the hate coming from Ohio State and Michigan State fans.
Unsure who he'll be rooming with in Ann Arbor, Kelly-Powell hopes it'll be with his good friend and fellow Detroit product Ambry Thomas.
Regardless, Kelly-Powell has a message for anyone expecting the Michigan defense to take a step back in 2017.
"I say we're going to come in, we're young and we're going to keep balling out," he said. "Most of us right now are seniors so imagine what we're going to be when we're juniors or seniors. It'll be pretty unbelievable."