Powell weighing all options

With several offers already on the table, and with the potential to pad that list, Shaquille Powell in no hurry to settle on the college of his choice. Arizona State has been one of his early suitors and the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman running back talked to Devils Digest about his recruitment with the Sun Devils.

"I have been talking to coach (Craig) Bray and they want me to come out there for an unofficial visit," said the 5-9 200 pound Shaquille Powell. "I'm visiting Vanderbilt next week and I'm trying to schedule that Arizona State visit sometime after that. I really like coach Bray because he is a business man and I respect that about him. He's a cool person and I talk to him all the time. We have a good chemistry.

"Arizona State has a good offense and they rotate a lot of backs who all have different styles. They don't have their backs be one dimensional and they have them catch the ball too."

Powell was offered by ASU last month. Vanderbilt, Fresno State, Illinois, Northern Arizona, San Diego State and UNLV have extended scholarship offers as well.

"Some schools like Nevada, Stanford and Nebraska may offer me as a cornerback," Powell remarked, "and Notre Dame said that they may offer me as a running back. I prefer to play running back because I believe that this is where most of my natural ability is. I only have being playing cornerback since my sophomore year and running back is my natural position."

As a junior Powell rushed for 1,292 yards on 135 carries and 17 touchdowns and helped Bishop Gorman capture the Nevada state title. The running back reported a 40-yard dash time of 4.55, as well as weight room marks of 280 lbs. benching and 385 squatting.

"Coaches say that I'm a tough runner who can also slash," Powell sated. "I can get those extra yards after I get hit. I'm not a running back that will go down without a fight. I always play with a chip on my shoulder like I have everything to prove to everybody.

"You can see that in my game, how I run the ball. I always have something to prove." That hunger in his play resonates with his approach to recruiting. By his own admission he is very happy with the state of his recruiting but he knows that the potential of growth is certainly there.

"The recruiting process hasn't been going too fast or too slow," Powell said, "It's been just at the right pace. I don't feel like I have to rush anything. I'm still looking at the schools who contacted me and there is no school out there that I dislike. It's a fun process and I'm trying to enjoy it like everybody said I should."

Powell remarked that Vanderbilt, Fresno State and Arizona Sate are recruiting him the hardest and playing away from home is a notion that he definitely is open to.

"I'm going to try and take all my official visits before I make a decision," Powell commented. "I am trying to schedule those visits early because I don't want this decision to weigh on me all season. I'd like to decide by October.

"When I choose a school academics is going to be very important because that is what is going to get me through when I'm done playing football. Team unity, how the coaches relate to the players and winning program are other things I will be looking at."

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