110%...Powell

He came to Gainesville a few times to the camps at the University of Florida and every time he did, Ronald Powell looked like he was running circles around everyone else. Some guys stand out and then some look like they belong at the next level or two higher. Ronald Powell fits in the latter category. The 6-4, 250 pound defensive end from Moreno Valley (CA) is ready to be a Gator.

Ronald Powell has family and friends that live in the Gainesville area and has been here many times and for extended stays. All of that is nice, but it is being a Gator that he has coveted and that time has come arriving on campus Tuesday for orientation.

"I am just ready to be a part of this team," Powell said Monday. "I am just ready to get to the college experience itself and then just can't wait for game week."

Powell may be the most anticipated prospect in the 2010 recruiting class that was loaded with stars and ranked number one in the nation by Scout.com. A position of huge need, he should play a lot as a true freshman defensive end where he expects to be a part of a highly successful team in 2010.

"I expect to play and work hard and learn my spot on the field," he said. "As a team I just want to win and that is what I expect."

At 250 pounds, he has progressed physically to just about where he wanted to be. According to Powell it's "the heaviest I have ever been" and it was added right, through proper eating and weight training.

Powell is also a part of the nation's No. 1 defensive line class that includes fellow five-star prospects Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd, along with prized linemen Lynden Trail and Leon Orr. Powell is excited to get started with his linemates.

"I love it, we are really close," he said about his fellow linemen and laughing. "It will be great playing along side those great guys and we will be at the bottom of the (depth chart) right now. We will feed off each other and I know just like myself we are going to work hard and compete."

With the talent brought in along the defensive line, one would wonder if it would be a race to the quarterback at every snap. Powell rattled off a pretty mature response to that notion.

"It is totally not a race, it is more in trusting them and they will trust in me to do my job," Powell said. "It takes four to get a sack. It takes four to do their job, so if Sharrif is getting double teamed it will let me loose, if I am getting double teamed it will let him loose. It takes four."

As for expectations, the staff does want him to come in ready to go. He expects a big performance form himself this season.

"They are expecting a lot from me, as much as what I am expecting from myself," he said. "I am going to live up to it, work hard and handle my stuff."

When asked what Gator fans should expect from him when he shows up on the field, Powell had one simple answer.

"110%," he said.

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