Ronald Powell from Rancho Verde High is rated a five-star prospect and the number seven defensive end in the country by Scout.com. It's no wonder that he's receiving attention from major programs from coast to coast.
A program that keeps showing up on Powell's favorites list is Auburn. The interest comes from family ties in the Birmingham area for the 6-4, 225-pounder.
"I was one of the kids who grew up liking Auburn because of my family," Powell notes. "My family is from Alabama and they are all Auburn fans. When I go back and visit my family I see them. I never thought I was going to be so highly recruited.
"I always said if I got an Auburn offer that's where I would go," he adds, noting that he is interested in talking to the new coaching staff at Auburn. "That was one of my dreams because all of my family was around and that's their favorite school."
Powell says there's a chance he could be visiting his family in Alabama in the coming weeks before he begins practicing for his senior season. Could a visit to Auburn also be in the works? He says he'll just have to see.
"Anything can happen," Powell says. "I just know Auburn because of my family. The Auburn Tigers. War Eagle."
Already showing plenty of interest in the SEC after taking a visit to Florida this summer and also looking at Tennessee, Powell says the opportunity to play in the South is something he's strongly considering.
"The talent and the defense in the SEC, people dream about playing in the SEC," Powell says.
A physical presence at defensive end, Powell says his best 40-yard dash time is 4.52 seconds. That speed and his combined athleticism allowed him to make 60 tackles and 13 sacks on defense as a junior. He also added six touchdown receptions as a tight end.