Local 4-Star WR Likes ECU

2016 J.H. Rose (Greenville, N.C.) wide receiver Cornell Powell’s recruitment has taken off during his junior season and big programs are calling his name. He has an offer from ECU and is considering the school heavily because he grew up watching the Pirates. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his connection with ECU.

It’s extremely rare that a 4-star prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Ole Miss even considers playing at ECU, Cornell Powell is doing just that. The talented 4-star wide receiver earned an offer from ECU as a sophomore and is a local product that grew up in Greenville, N.C.

His hometown connection with ECU has helped keep the Pirates in the running for his interests despite perennial programs recruiting him heavily.

“ECU is home and I love the Pirates,” said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Powell. “I grew up going to games there, it’s always a good feeling when they win. I’m not afraid to say ECU is probably one of the best offenses in college football. I’m still considering ECU very much and the Pirates will be in my recruitment for the long run.”

It’s still early in Powell’s recruitment, but he mentioned his college decision will likely come during his senior season. As of right now he is enjoying the recruiting process and views it as a blessing. Powell visited Duke last weekend and holds an offer from the Blue Devils.

Other notable schools to extend offers to Powell include Clemson, LSU, N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and UNC Chapel Hill. It’s safe to say he will need time and visits to help narrow down his list.

On Sep. 20 Powell stopped by ECU for its 71-40 shellacking of UNC.

“First of all the atmosphere was crazy because it was against Carolina,” said Powell. “ECU came out and made a statement by running up the score. It was a great experience and it was packed (in Dowdy-Ficklen). I got to talk with coaches and I talked with (senior wide receiver) Justin Hardy after the game. We were just chilling and talking, I had spoke to him a couple of times before then.”

After emerging as a star wide receiver for ECU since joining the team as a walk-on, Hardy’s success sends the message to Powell that he and other recruits alike can do something special at ECU.

Powell was special in his sophomore season at Rose, he finished with 47 catches for 1,228 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with his 286 yards rushing and three touchdowns. This season has been different for Powell due to opponents double teaming him and the team focusing more on spreading the ball around on offense.

In Rose’s 8-1 start to the season Powell has amassed 50 catches for 875 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns.

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