It was a long and busy weekend for Taylor Powell.
The Fayetteville (Ark.) three-star quarterback drove to Tuscaloosa with his mom Thursday for an unofficial visit to Alabama, before heading to Dallas for Nike’s The Opening Regional.
During his time at Alabama, Powell sat in quarterback meetings with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, as well as toured the Crimson Tide’s facilities and campus.
“I really enjoyed going down there,” Powell said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Alabama is known for its football and just to see it first-hand was something I’ll tell my grandchildren some day.”
While most of his time was spent around Kiffin, Powell said he did get to meet Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
“After practice, I talked to coach Saban briefly and he said he’d like to see some of my workout film,” Powell said. “He’s going to send coach Kiffin or (wide receivers coach Billy) Napier out to film me and watch practice our first week of spring ball.”
When he finished up at Alabama on Friday, Powell and his mom drove halfway to Dallas and then finished the drive Saturday.
They got there in time for Powell to do some homework and rest up before competing at The Opening Regional, which also served as an Elite 11 regional competition.
“Splitting up the drive made me not be tired, so it didn’t affect me at all,” Powell said. “It went well. It was a fun experience today and I’m looking forward to competing again in New Orleans.”
Powell received an offer from Vanderbilt on Sunday, bringing his offer count to nine. The Commodores join Arkansas State, Illinois, Maryland, Memphis, Purdue, San Diego State, Wake Forest and Washington State.
Several other schools, including Arkansas, are showing interest.
However, the Razorbacks received a verbal commitment from Attalla (Ala.) Etowah quarterback Daulton Hyatt over the weekend. Arkansas tends to sign only one quarterback per signing class.
Powell said he has not been in contact with the Razorbacks’ coaches since Hyatt’s commitment and is unsure if he’ll attend any camps or take any visits to Arkansas this spring or summer.