Desmond King has made his mark at Iowa in just two seasons. Taking over as the starting cornerback his true freshman year, he’s left an impression back in his Detroit home.
Prospects from the Motor City are noticing his success. The Hawkeyes are hoping to take advantage of the exposure in recruiting.
Iowa has hit Detroit hard with offers in the next two cycles. Class of 2017 defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell was one of them who received the Hawkeye opportunity.
"Yes, I genuinely like Iowa. (Iowa redshirt freshman from Detroit) Jalen Embry is there and has been like a big brother/cousin to me. I’m looking forward to getting down there, seeing the campus and getting to know the staff," said Kelly-Powell, a sophomore at Cass Tech.
Hawkeye defensive coordinator Phil Parker recruits the city for the school. He also coaches the secondary.
"I met Coach Parker a few months ago. Jalen Embry speaks highly of him. I like Coach Parker and Coach (Kelvin) Bell. I love how they develop players. Desmond King has become elite," Kelly-Powell said.
Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Pittsburgh are among the other reported Power 5 offers for Kelly-Powell. The 6-foot, 180-pounder plans to visit some schools this summer but has not yet plan any.
Iowa could be in line for a stop. He likes what he’s learned so far.
"From what I hear from Coach Bell, the facilities are second to none. And Jalen loves the school," Kelly-Powell said.
Kelly-Powell recorded 55 tackles as a sophomore for Cass Tech.