DETROIT — It turns out expensive foreign cars aren’t the only thing Tennessee coach Butch Jones has in his bag of tricks to impress recruits.
“Coach Jones is really cool; I remember he was telling me about some kind of barbecue potato chips he likes,” said Detroit Cass Tech safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, a 4-star prospect taking part in the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. “He’s from Michigan, so we have that in common, too.”
Jones seemingly finds a way to connect with every recruit, whether it’s his expensive foreign car, his shoe game or in this case, taste in potato chips and home state.
Kelly-Powell said he has been to Knoxville on unofficial visits “four or five times,” and he has struck up a relationship with Tennessee associate head coach and defensive line coach Steve Stripling.
“Me and Coach Stripling have a great relationship,” said Kelly-Powell, the No. 250 player in the nation and No. 5 player in Michigan.
“Tennessee is a great school,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of people go down there and do really well.”
Kelly-Powell said he plans to take all of his visits before making a decision.
In addition to Tennessee, Kelly-Powell has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Stanford, Pitt, UCLA, Iowa and Vanderbilt, among several other schools.