Powell commits to Louisville

Teko Powell, a talented defensive lineman from Miami Norland, met with Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt Thursday morning, and made a huge decision about his future.

Louisville landed one of the fastest rising prospects in south Florida Thursday when Miami Norland defensive lineman Teko Powell verbally committed to Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

Powell, 6-foot-3, 280, has seen interest in his recruitment steadily pick up this spring. Alabama, Louisville and Illinois are just a few of the schools that have extended verbal offers. Powell's coach, Daryle Heidleburg, expects more will be on the way.

"He's still getting offers weekly now since the [college] scouts have been coming out to practice and seeing his film," Heidelburg said. "His [stock] is definitely on the rise. If Louisville can hold on to him I think it will be a great addition to their program."

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt paid a visit to Norland Thursday morning to check up on Powell and Snell. That's when Powell decided to pledge to Louisville.

"I just committed to Louisville," the talented defensive tackle told Scout.com. "I like the program. It fits me right now and I think it's the best opportunity for me....I'm looking to go in and start and get some playing time freshman year."

"One of the reasons I think he likes Louisville is it gives him a chance to play early," Heidelburg added. "I think he was comfortable with Coach Strong. He didn't want this [recruitment] lingering over his head and Louisville was one of the schools he roots for because they have a lot of guys from Miami that he already knows. It was a comfort thing. I think it's a big pickup for Louisville."

Powell is considered one of the Top 20 players in Miami-Dade, and is rated the 64th best player in the state of Florida by SunStateFootball.com.

"Teko's a big defensive tackle with a great motor," Heidelburg said. "He was very productive last year for us, a two-way player. We moved him around and he did everything we asked him to do."

So why do coaches like Charlie Strong, Nick Saban and Ron Zook see so much potential in Powell?

"It would be his motor and he's quick off the ball," Heidelburg said. "He chases every play down and he probably has room to grow. As good as he is right now they probably see they can develop him."

Though he played on both sides of the line as a junior, helping Norland reach the 3-A state championship game last season, Heidelburg thinks Powell's future lies in the middle of Louisville's defensive front.

"He can probably be an inside guy, but he has the speed to rush a little bit from the outside," Heidelburg said. "But I think once they get him in their weight program and gets stronger he'll be an inside guy at defensive tackle."

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