Powell Talks Recruiting

Local superstar Darius Powell from Gainesville (FL) Eastside recently talked about his top three and the best and worst of recruiting. Powell, a 5-11.5, 205-pound outside linebacker ended his junior season with 98 tackles in only seven games.

"The best things about it - visiting different campuses, talking with all the coaches; meeting the players, and hearing the excitement from the coaches about the possibility of me playing there," Darius Powell said about recruiting. "The worst things about it - the unfair ratings or evaluation of athletes, the way recruiting services automatically give taller players the 'benefit of doubt' when their ability doesn't match. Like my stats are way better than most 3, 4, and even some 5-star recruits at my position, but they're ranked higher than me just because they are 2-3 inches taller or 10 pounds heavier than me. I'm not trying be cocky or anything but I'm just as strong and as fast as these athletes."

Powell talked about three that stand out.

Duke: "I like Duke because of it's world class reputation and great education. I've built a great relationship with Linebacker coach (Coach Collins) after I participated in the Duke Football camp and was identified as one of the best defensive players out there. Their facilities are great. It is hard to beat the academic reputation and great coaching staff. The Durham area is really nice too with a lot to do for students."

Marshall: "I like Marshall because they teach hardnosed, old school, intense football. I am also very close with their Defensive Assistant coach (Coach Cronin) and I love their Defensive Coordinator (Coach 'Rip' Rippon). Marshall runs the same type of defenses as my high school runs, so I'm already comfortable with their defensive schemes. I like their coaching staff and that 'home feeling' the campus gives me. Marshall is also on my list because my former teammate, Harold Hoskins plays there. I also like Coach Doc Holiday from his days at Florida."

Louisville: "I like Louisville because of their hard work and dedication in the weight room, which tells me that they are a hard working team that I would love to play for. A big factor that puts Louisville on my top three list is head coach Charlie Strong and head strength coach Pat Moorer. I started building my relationship with Coach Strong since the summer of my 10th grade year at the University of Florida's Friday Night Lights Showcase. However I've been familiar with Coach Strong's coaching style since I was playing Pop Warner football. Coach Moorer is one of the best strength coaches in America and has been a very close friend of my Dad for more than 20 years."

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