It was bound to happen. Cornell Powell has officially arrived as a recruit and his season on the field last year had all but ensured that.
You don't catch 47 passes for 1,230 yards and 21 touchdowns (24 total) without college coaches taking notice. Especially when you are only a sophomore.
Those are the numbers Powell posted at Rose High School in Greenville, NC last year. Colleges actually knew about Powell after a strong freshman season but last year's performance took things to an entirely different level.
"I can win the 1 on 1 matchup. I'm explosive off the ball. I have great hands and I can out jump the defensive back. I just make plays," a confident Powell said.
Powell was at NC State two Saturdays ago. Before that he had been to a Junior Day and he visited again in the spring. He wasn't able to make it to the spring game but Powell has been in Raleigh plenty of times. He's building a relationship with Wolfpack RB coach and recruiting coordinator Des Kitchings.
"They had a spring scrimmage when I was up there. The defense was solid. The offense really didn't score that much but I liked their offense. They've showed me a bunch of interest and Coach Kitchings is great. He contacts me a lot and tells me where I stand with them and how I could impact their organization.
"They ran the ball a lot at the spring scrimmage I saw. I don't know if that was their goal to try and implement the running game that day. The coach told me that they're a spread offense and that's what I want to play in. In a spread offense I'll be able to get the ball more."
Powell has offers from NC State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Clemson, Georgia Tech and ECU, which is his hometown team. But Powell has only visited two schools.