HIS RECRUITING STORY:
“Not considered 'big' for safety, but not small either as he's at right about the average for height and is well put together as far as his build. Can play man to man and has been out on an island at cornerback before. Changes directions well and has good coverage technique. Aggressive both at the line of scrimmage jamming and when in run support. Solid wrap-up tackler more than he is a striker. Very smart and disciplined and gets himself in the right places. Would like to see him make more plays on the football as far as turnovers, but he is a good, smart, productive football player.” -- National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
WHY JKP CHOSE MICHIGAN?
“I felt comfortable with the coaches, the players, especially my (Cass Tech) alumni brothers, anything they said about the coaches matched up.”
Adding: “It was in the back of my mind for a moment,” Kelly-Powell said of his commitment. “I was just trying to figure out, ‘is this really me? How are they going to use me?’ Once I figured that out, I was like ‘Ok, I’m doing it.’”
Kelly-Powell is in line to be the next “viper” hybrid linebacker in Don Brown’s system, and by enrolling early this January, he could have a chance to play as a freshman. He might not be a starter from Day 1, but expect JKP to contribute on special teams early before competing for starting job in the near future.