Pack In Heavy Pursuit of Powell

Greenville (NC) Rose wide receiver Cornell Powell is already one of the top players in the state, and he is just a rising junior.

Greenville (NC) Rose wide receiver Cornell Powell is already one of the top players in the state, and he is just a rising junior.

Powell had a breakout sophomore season, where he caught 47 passes for 1,230 yards and 21 touchdowns to help lead Rose deep into the state playoffs.

He teamed with NC State signee Kentavius Street, a defensive end, to give the Rampants a dynamic playmaker on each side of the ball.

Like Street, Powell is tracking as big-time college recruit.

"Kentavius taught me to be humble and enjoy it while you have it," said Powell. "Just be grateful and keep the focus on the field. If you can't keep doing your job then you won't be getting those offers anyways.

"I think he's going to be proud of me."

Earlier this summer he attended NC State's summer camp and then returned to participate with his team in the Wolfpack's 7-on-7 event. Powell pointed out that one of the highlights for him was working out with wideouts coach Frisman Jackson.

"It was good to learn from coach Jackson," he said. "It really helped my game with the little stuff I needed to work on. I think I got better from it. It's going to help me a lot this season."

Powell also camped at North Carolina, but he hasn't been able to take any other visits.

"The season is about to start so I'm just working with my team so we can grow together."

With offers from programs like North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, LSU, and Tennessee among others, Powell is already a major target. While he says it is too early to name a leader, he did point out that one school is currently recruiting him the hardest.

"[NC] State is recruiting me the hardest," he said. "They treat me like family. I go in to the meetings and learn a bunch of little things. They teach me how it's going to be on the college level so I can be prepared when I get there."

The current plan for Powell is to make his decision during his senior year. Some recruits value playing time, academics, or location, but for Powell he has one goal in mind when it's time to make a decision.

I want to win," he said. "If the program is going in the right direction, that's going to matter to me. I'd want to be in that program so I could have an opportunity to win and get to the next level where hopefully I can win there too."


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