The Gophers are looked upon this upcoming season with having one of the more complete secondaries in the Big Ten and under defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel, they have fielded some of the best in years past. Last recruiting class, Minnesota was able to pluck two of the Great Lake State’s best defenders in Southfield’s Ray Buford and Dior Johnson.
Now, they are targeting another rising defender in Detroit (MI.) sophomore defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who was offered on Monday. He talks about his latest offer from the Gophers and if he may possibly take a visit to Minneapolis as well.
“I found out about the offer from my head coach,” Kelly-Powell told GopherDigest. “Words can’t even express how happy I am on receiving this offer. It’s a Big Ten school with a high quality education. Also a guy named Ray (Buford) is going there next year and I am planning on learning more from him. Me and him have known each other for like a year now. We workout together sometimes.”
“It is hard to say (if I want to play with him) just because I really don’t know much about Minnesota, but I also have to look for what is best for me in education and football. I am very interested in Minnesota and I believe one day I will come for a visit.”
The 6-1, 180-pound physical defensive back holds early offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH.), Michigan, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Toledo and now Minnesota. However, he currently sits with no favorites and is taking his recruitment one day at a time.
“My recruitment is going pretty good for me,” said Kelly-Powell. “I don’t have any favorites though. On May 31st I’m going down to Michigan and that’s all in terms of visits for me.”