Five-Star DE Loves Florida

If there was one prospect that stood out at Florida's camps in the last two weeks, it was five-star defensive end Ronald Powell. Powell put on a show both offensively and defensively according to onlookers and was able to leave a huge impression on all of those in attendance. The Gators did their part two and it looks like they will be in the thick of things for Powell during his recruitment.

Under Coach Urban Meyer, Florida has started to look like D-Line U, placing two first rounders in the NFL and four others on NFL squads in the four years Meyer has been the coach of the Gators. The fact the Gators have won two national championships in the last three years doesn't hurt in the college experience of those defensive linemen either.

With two linemen projected high in the 2010 NFL draft (Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham), the Gators have a lot to sell a prized defensive line recruit in regards to getting them ready to make football their vocation after their college playing days are over.

For Ronald Powell, Florida made a favorable impression in every area they could have. Tutelage under one of the best defensive line coaches in America in Dan McCarney was one big reason for it.

"I love it a lot," Powell said when asked to express his thoughts on the Gator football program. "I believe that Coach McCarney can get guys to the next level.

"When I first came in they had the highlight reel going. I went into the weight room and saw all the guys working out. I liked getting coached by Coach McCarney. I loved hanging with Coach Meyer and just being in The Swamp."

Powell got to catch up with a Florida player or two while visiting. Current defensive end Duke Lemmens hails from California and he knows a bit about what it is like to come from the west coast to play football in Gainesville.

"I talked to Duke Lemmens from Oaks Christian," Powell said. "He was telling me about how it is coming from California and being this far from home."

Right now Powell knows he will be back sometime in the Fall and he also is trying to get back late next month for Friday Night Lights, the Gators premier camp.

"I have to try and get the funding to get back there," Powell said of the camp visit. "I will take an official visit to Florida."

Powell is somewhat self-made in that he really does not try and copy his game from anyone else. The fact he plays at such a high skill level on both sides of the ball just shows he is an athlete that is just more gifted than most all of his peers. What may even make him a better prospect is his leadership ability. In a camp setting, he loves to help the others try and be as good as they can be.

"I don't compare my game to anyone," he said. "I just get coached up and do my thing. I would love to coach. I feel like I am a leader. I am a leader on my team and trying to make everybody better. I know in a camp situation, those guys might be my teammates some day."

The Gators appear to be in the thick of things for what should be regarded as the best defensive end in America. Ronald Powell is not your normal prospect on or off the field. He is a a prospect that will make a well informed decision for where he will play his college ball.


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