Wide receiver Cornell Powell from J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C. is building a laundry list of offers heading into his junior season. ECU, N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Clemson have all extended Powell offers and other schools are interested.
The offer from ECU came during the fall from running backs coach John Wiley.
"(ECU) offered me right after the season ended," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Powell. "I went to watch them practice. It's definitely a brotherhood at ECU. Coach Ruffin (McNeill) treats his players like sons and it would be great to play there. The stadium and student section is crazy on game days."
Powell mentioned being a local star would be awesome. It doesn't get much more local than his high school either – J.H. Rose is less than a 15 minute drive from ECU's campus.
With his school being so close, Powell knows a great deal about the Pirates and the football program. He mentioned he will try and make it to campus for another visit during his recruitment and despite ACC and SEC schools jumping on his trail ECU will be in it for the long run.
In order to broaden his scope on other schools interested, Powell will be hitting some camps this summer. He will attend camp at N.C. State, UNC and he would also like to make it out to Clemson.
As a sophomore, Powell had 47 catches for 1,228 total yards and 24 touchdowns. While he had success, he won't take it for granted; he knows he must continue to work as his career progresses.
"I'm hungry and ready for next season," said Powell. "We came up short of the championship game. I plan on working on route running and studying the game. You can never learn enough of the game. There is always something new you could learn."