Florida TE Visits Bama, Names Leader

Auburndale High tight end Cory Powers was named one of the Elite 22 in the MSL Combine held in Gainesville prior to his junior season. The 6-5, 240-pounder had a season-ending injury prior to his first game, but coaches throughout the South have not forgotten Powers.

"I missed my entire junior season due to a knee injury. I tore my ACL, but I made a full recovery. I am 100 per cent now. I ran a 4.8 (40-yard dash) the other day. It's great that schools are still very interested in me even though I missed my junior year. I guess they thought my sophomore tape was good enough to stay interested," Powers said.

The Tide is high on Powers' list, but Louisville is the current favorite. Several schools are showing interest.

"I would say Alabama is in my top two. I really like Louisville a lot. They have not been showing as much interest as Alabama, but I have a lot of family up there. I am also interested in Florida. They have been showing a lot of interest. I have been talking to Coach (Charlie) Strong a lot."

Powers attended Alabama's A-Day game, and was more than impressed with the Crimson Tide.

"I really enjoyed it. I had a good time. We toured the facilities and they are really nice. They are the best I have ever seen."

Powers spent most of his day focusing on the tight end position. "I watched #89 (Nick Walker)," said Powers. "He has some good hands, but he did not block as well. I feel like I would be able to come in and compete with any of the tight ends."

"I love the tradition at Alabama. The tradition at Alabama goes as far back as any college football program, with all the championships and The Bear. Coach Shula has Alabama heading back in the right direction. He has signed great recruiting classes the past two years. I think he is a really good coach to play for. By the time I would be at Alabama, I feel they would be competing for a national championship," Powers added.

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