"We started full pads Saturday," said Cory Powers. "It was a great feeling to be out there again. Everything is going great right now. I am really doing good."
Auburndale has hosted several visitors since the beginning of the spring evaluation period, and an assistant coach from his favorite school was in attendance Monday.
Powers said, "Coach Chris Ball from Alabama was here today. He was really impressed, and pleased with me. He thinks when I go to camp this summer, and impress the entire coaching staff, I could leave Alabama's camp with an offer. I feel like I will go there and do just that. Also, coaches from Nebraska, Louisville, and UCF have been to practice. Coaches have been here everyday, but I can't remember all of them."
Almost certainly because he missed his junior season while recuperating from a knee injury, Powers has not yet received an offer. Even so, he is receiving a great deal of attention.
Powers said, "All the schools are telling me they are waiting until the summer before they do anything. Since I didn't play at all during my junior year, the coaches want to see how my knee will do."
Currently, two schools have his eye, and one could receive an early commitment.
"I would say my top five are Alabama, Louisville, UCF, Maryland, and Georgia Tech," he said. "My overall favorite is Alabama, and Louisville is close behind. I think if one of those schools offered me, I would go ahead and commit. If Alabama and Louisville both want to offer, I would probably commit to the school which offered first."
After Alabama's Junior Day, Powers said the Tide was sitting at the top of his list. Two months later, Bama remains number one.
"Alabama is still my overall favorite," Powers said. "They were the first school to come on the scene. Chris Rogers (2005 Crimson Tide signee from nearby Lakeland, Fla.) is a good friend of mine. He is going there in the fall, and it would be good to be familiar with someone already there. I have family in Albertville, and the tradition speaks for itself. When you say you play at Alabama, people know you're part of a great tradition."
Louisville has recently jumped into the picture, and Powers is familiar with the Cardinals' campus.
"I have a lot of family in the Louisville area," he said. "I have an uncle who lives in Fort Knox. I love the atmosphere, and they are building a really good program."
Louisville will have a one-day head-start at seeing Powers in summer camp. He said, "I am going to Louisville's mini-camp June 12. I am going to Alabama's camp June 13 and June 14. The camp (Alabama's) begins June 12, but I will have to miss the first day."
Sophomore Year: (missed Junior year due to ACL injury) Powers plays a role where he's used mainly as a blocker. He's graded out at close to 90 percent and had 8 receptions. Prior to his junior season, he was named to the MSL Combine Elite 22 Team for his performance at the camp in Gainesville. Powers has a 3.0 GPA.