Rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com, Hertford County (Ahoskie, N.C.) star Tydreke Powell is one of the top defensive tackle recruits in the country. He has easily received double-digit offers and is in the process of setting official visits. Right now, there are two programs he knows he will officially visit.
"I'm definitely getting my official visits scheduled," said Powell, who plans on taking all five allotted official visits. "I've got two so far right now. I've got Miami and Penn State. I'm working on Miami for when they play Florida State. I'm trying to figure that out right now. I'm going up to Penn State on October 14th."
Is there another program he knows will get an official visit?
"Not at this point right here, but I'm definitely going to try and get them set as soon as possible," said Powell, whose offer list also includes Auburn, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, among others. "It's a lot of schools right now. I just have to sit down right now and talk with my mother and father and Coach Watford. Hopefully, we'll get it done as soon as possible."
Powell may not make official visits to local schools such as North Carolina or N.C. State, but that doesn't mean those schools aren't in the running.
"The schools I'm picking I'm picking for mainly one reason – I know right off hand that these are places I can't really get to without taking official visits," Powell said. "Like I can't really just pick up and go to Miami. I can pick up and go to N.C. State or Chapel Hill any Saturday."
Virginia Tech remains under heavy consideration here. Powell was impressed by his experience at Tech's spring game this year and is looking to make at least one more unofficial visit to Blacksburg.
"I went there for the spring game and I'm just ready to get back up there," Powell said. "When I was there I met some great guys. Coach Beamer is a good coach. Coach Wiles is a great guy. And it's a school that always wins.
"Of all the spring games I went to, the fans were very, very crazy there. It was packed, so I can't imagine how it's going to be at a game. I definitely have to get down there for a game to see how they act towards the game if that's how they act towards the spring game. I definitely need to get there for a game."
Is Tech under consideration for an official visit?
"They're definitely in the handful that I'm looking at for official visits," Powell said.
Asked if he has any favorite schools right now, Powell stated that he does not.
"When I first started I was liking Carolina, but now everything's open," Powell said. "I'm just focusing on taking my visits."
The 2006 season got under way last week for Powell and his Hertford County teammates. The 6-3, 285-pound Powell plays both ways this year and helped his team to a 38-15 win over Kinston. He finished with 11 tackles including two sacks on defense. At fullback on offense, he rambled for 75 yards and a score.
"It was fun, but I see how running backs feel when I hit them," Powell said of having the chance to run the ball. "Whatever I can do to help my team to a state championship is what I'll do."