Eagles Land Commitment No. 11!!!

Lawrence Central (Ind) senior defensive tackle Deshai Powell committed to Eastern Michigan last weekend. Powell is the 11th player to commit to the Eagles 2013 recruiting class. Please read his commitment article below.

Eagles Land Commitment No. 11

The Eastern Michigan football team landed their 11th commitment of the 2013 class in Lawrence Central (Ind) senior defensive tackle Deshai Powell.

At 6-foot-3, 255-pounds, Powell committed to the Eagles after de-committing from Western Michigan last month after the firing of coach Bill Cubit. He said the Broncos had failed to keep in contact with him over the past three months and decided to reopen his recruitment.

Shorty after de-committing form Western, Powell said he was contacted by EMU assistant coach Mike Hart.

"He called me (and) asked me how I was doing," Powell said on his recruitment. "He came to see me in my school after the state championship. He asked me if I was interested (in EMU?) ‘I said Yeah.' I've been watching Eastern Michigan since the Michigan State game. That's really when I got interested in them. I watch them almost beat Michigan State. So when I went up on a visit last weekend. I went up there and got to know the players. I got to know the coaches and I really liked it. And then they offered me and I committed."

Powell said one of major reasons he committed to the Eagles, was the new relationships he was able to make with future teammates on his official visit.

"It was just hanging out with those guys and seeing what they are like," Powell said on his visit. "And they remind me of myself a lot. They're good football players. They're cool and they're humble, and they are nice guys to be around. That really won me over. Them being committed, we are all the same type of player. We are all just cool and humble, but we work hard."

Despite Eastern Michigan finishing 2-10 this past season, Powell said the "good" talent that is being recruited to Ypsilanti will help change the program around.

"They're getting good talent," Powell said on the current recruiting class. "I'm ready to go up there next year and change the program around. They got a lot of young guys up there I like. The team is really good, especially defense. ..It's a young team and I like that. It's competition, so I get to go up there and compete."

A two-star prospect, Powell switched from defensive end to defensive tackle for his senior season. He says the position change suits his style of play and expects to be around 280-pounds during his career at Eastern.

"They projected me actually gaining a lot more weight to 280 to 290-pounds," Powell said. "I will probably being playing defensive tackle once I get up there.

"I like to consider myself a run stopper. I'm more power. I'm not too much finesse. I'm a straight power person. You know blow a guy up, bat a ball down and throw a guy around. I'm that type of player."

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