Michigan Football Recruiting: DJ Durkin Checks In On Top Defensive Target For 2016

The Michigan Wolverines are currently projected by most recruiting services as trailing the Nebraska Cornhuskers for 2016 four-star defensive end/linebacker Xavier Kelly. However, that's not stopping defensive coordinator DJ Durkin from putting the full-court press in hopes of narrowing that gap and/or eliminating it completely.

Durkin traveled to Wichita (KS) East on Friday to meet up with the 247Sports Top 100 standout.

"Coach Durkin told me how they would like to use me in their defense," Kelly said. "He told me he could see me doing the same things as Dante Fowler for him and even said that at this very point in our respective high school careers that I may be further ahead than he was. Michigan wants me to play in space and then put my hand down on third down and get to the quarterback. That type of role is one I'm very comfortable with."

Kelly and his dad will be in Ann Arbor on June 13th for one stop of a massive recruiting trip of over ten schools during his summer break.

"We're going to be keeping a running notebook of each program," Kelly said. "At the end of the visit, my dad and I are going to rate the schools based on some things we've set that are important to us. My dad has been putting together questions to ask each school. We're also going to shoot some video on each campus to try to keep the experience as fresh as possible for each place so that once we sit down, we can evaluate each program evenly."

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