One of the top safeties in the country will be visiting Pitt this coming weekend.
4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell (6-0, 180) from Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Michigan tells me that he’s coming to check out Pitt.
“The purpose of the trip to Pittsburgh is to spend some time with the coaches and see the new football facilities. So far, I know it’s me, Jordan Reid, Donovan Johnson, Kalon Kervin, Donovan Parker and Rodney Hall. We’re all coming to Pittsburgh. I believe my head coach is going to let us spend the whole day at the facilities. I don’t know yet if we’re going to spend the night there”, said Kelly-Powell.
Kelly-Powell is someone that Pat Narduzzi offered last year when he was a sophomore and he’s impressed with what’s happening at Pitt.
“Pitt’s football program is outstanding and Coach Narduzzi is changing everything around. He’s making sure that his athletes get the best education and the best development for the next level”, said Kelly-Powell. Speaking of education, Powell carries an impressive 4.0 GPA.
Kelly-Powell says that Pitt coaches have been to his school approximately 4 or 5 times last season and is particularly impressed with a couple things.
“For one, they have a great program for their players to succeed in and offer a great education that can carry their players on in life. The most shocking thing that caught my eye was that they practice right next to the Pittsburgh Steelers. To me, that’s amazing because you can improve your game by just learning from them”, said Kelly-Powell.
The Michigan safety says that most college coaches believe that he can play multiple positions from safety, to nickel, to corner. They believe he’s versatile and displays a real understanding of the game. This past season at Cass Tech, Kelly-Powell had over 55 tackles, 1 interception and scored 2 touchdowns.
Pitt joins this list of schools that have offered him a scholarship: Boston College, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Yes, Jaylen Kelly-Powell is an elite talent.
After this weekend, he plans on going on a tour to Alabama, Wisconsin, Penn State and West Virginia.
We’ll see what happens with Kelly-Powell but it’s never a bad thing to get a talented player like him on campus.