Powell is the first of the fine sophomore quarterbacks to come through Fayetteville High School to receive such an invite. Both Brandon Allen and Austin Allen were invited after their junior year, but not as sophomores.
The Elite 11 Quarterback regionals are conducted as part of the Nike Football The Opening Regionals intended for top level rising senior quarterbacks (Class of 2016) and select elite underclassmen.
Quarterbacks at these regional “campetitions” will receive advanced, one-on-one quarterback instruction. The regional camps run 9:30am-4:00pm and include instructional drills, accuracy competitions, routes-on-air and a final two-minute drill. Top performers can earn a spot in the final Elite 11 Campetition as part of The Opening Finals July 5-10 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Powell will likely attend the Dallas area regional, at Lamar High School on March 15. There will be 13 stops across the country this season at The Nike Football Opening Regionals (formerly known as The Nike Football Training Camps), which serve as the Elite 11 regional evaluation events.
Powell (6-1, 190) finished the season as the starter for a 9-3 Fayetteville team that lost in tight battle to Bentonville in the 7A state finals in Little Rock. Powell guided the Bulldogs to the lead in the fourth quarter, but Kasey Ford led a drive for the Tigers in the final minute for the winning score.
Powell passed for a 7A-West Conference best 2,452 yards, with 20 TDs and 8 interceptions. He Completed 170 of 269 passes (63 percent), including 42 of 50 in Fayetteville’s final two games against FS Southside and Bentonville.
Powell was 20 for 22 for 219 yards and three TDs in 56-14 semifinal win at Fort Smith Southside and only played first half and one series of the third quarter in what was perhaps as good of a performance in a playoff game by a sophomore quarterback ever.
Taylor Powell scrambles against Bentonville.
Photos by Jason Ivester, Hawgs Illustrated