North Carolina receiver picks Navy

Navy received a commitment from Tarheel State prospect Chandler Powell on Monday. The 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver called his lead recruiter, Tony Grantham, to tell him he wanted to become a part of the Midshipmen program under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Powell spoke to GoMids.com on Monday evening about his commitment to the Naval Academy and his prep career at New Bern High School.

Navy received a commitment from Tarheel State prospect Chandler Powell on Monday. The 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver called his lead recruiter, Tony Grantham, to tell him he wanted to become a part of the Midshipmen program under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Powell spoke to GoMids.com on Monday evening about his commitment to the Naval Academy and his prep career at New Bern High School.

"Navy began recruiting me right before the summer of last year," said Chandler Powell. "Coach Grantham came to my school and talked to me about the Naval Academy. My offer came right before I went [to Annapolis] for camp. They became even more interested in me after camp. They told me they liked my long arms and that I could play either wide receiver or defensive back.

"It's been my goal to play Division 1 football ever since I was a freshman. I wanted to join a pretty good team and compete at the highest level. Both of my parents are from Annapolis, so I'm really going to feel at home there being so close. My father was a Marine so I'm accustom to the lifestyle. Both my father and mother are now police officers. Coming from a strict upbringing will help me adjust to military life at the Academy. I'm looking forward to going back up there. I haven't been back since last summer. They told me they plan on having all of the committed recruits come sometime in February."

In his senior year, Powell had more than 1000 all-purpose yards on a North Carolina Class 4A state championship team. He hauled in 43 receptions for 740 yards for an average of 17.2 yards-per-catch.

"The season actually went just how we wanted it to go," he said. "We went undefeated and won a state title. We had a great senior class that stepped up. We really wanted this because we had fallen short as juniors. I was the second leading receiver to Bra'lon Cherry, who's committed to N.C. State. We had a pretty good one-two punch going all year. I improved most on my route running and leadership. This year I served as a team captain."

Throughout the football season, Powell said he kept tabs on the Midshipmen. With his athleticism and speed he could fit nicely in Mick Yokitis' receiving corp or Keith Jones' secondary.

"I watched every game Navy had that was on national television," Powell said. "I loved watching the Army-Navy game. It was enjoyable to me to see the hostility between the two teams but also and the pride they have for their team and their school. I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of."

Powell claims offers from Wofford, William & Mary, North Carolina Central, and North Carolina A&T. In the off-season he plans on running track and playing lacrosse at New Bern. His best event is the open 200 with a personal best time of 22.4.


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