NC State was one of the first schools to offer Greenville Rose's Cornell Powell. He is easily one of the top prospects in North Carolina and his accomplishments at wide receiver would go a long way towards addressing the Pack's needs at wideout.
However, Powell put an early end to his recruiting to the surprise of some when he committed to Clemson a couple of moths ago. He talked with Pack Pride about the reasons behind that decision.
"Clemson is just different from everywhere else. When I went up there it was just crazy and I loved it more than any other place I've been. Not to take anything away from anyone else but it was better and I felt like it was for me and that made me want to commit. Clemson liked my athleticism, my ability to go get the ball and my physicality and my speed."
That commitment to Clemson hasn't slowed the Pack down in the least when it comes to their pursuit of Powell. If anything, they've ramped it up a few notches. NC State RB coach Des Kitchings has been the lead recruiter with Powell and there's no doubt he's has taken notice.
"Coach Kitchings, that's my boy. We're real cool. We talk all the time. I talked to him last night. But I don't know, Clemson is just the place for me I believe. I'm not entertaining, I was really considering NC State especially since my teammate (Kentavius Street) went there and obviously it had to be a good place if he went there.
"I mean, I love it there and again, coach Kitchings is my boy and the new wide receivers coach and I talk to coach Doeren a lot so I mean, NC State is a real fun place to be when I went on campus but when I went to Clemson I just couldn't resist."
Powell was one of the top performers at last weekend's Regional Nike Camp which only helped to reenforce his status as one of the nation's best receivers. For NC State, they'll continue their pursuit in the hopes of chipping away at Clemson over the coming months.