UNC Sets Sights On Powell

Following Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High's spring practice, Brandon Powell plans to take the majority of his recruiting trips. Among his expected destinations is Chapel Hill.

"I already plan on coming up to North Carolina," Powell said. "After the spring, that's when I'll have everything set up.

"Whatever schools that are showing interest in me, that's what schools I plan on visiting."

About two dozen schools have offered Powell a scholarship, including Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, UNC, Tennessee, and West Virginia. After his post spring ball visits, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back plans to trim the list of schools under consideration to a more manageable number.

"I'll be looking at the coaching staff and just the college atmosphere," Powell said.

Several factors have contributed to UNC becoming one of Powell's definite post-spring ball stops.

"I just saw the things that they did with Giovani Bernard and I just like running back coach, Coach [Randy] Jordan," Powell said. "He's a really cool coach and he's been telling me really great things about North Carolina. I also have a friend who I train with, Jabari Price, who has been telling me great things about North Carolina."

Powell and Jordan communicate weekly.

"He hits me up on Facebook or Twitter," Powell said. "[On Tuesday], I just gave him a call and we talked for a couple of minutes.

"We just talk about random stuff. We talk about getting me up to the school."

Jordan has already given Powell a couple of nicknames and some high praise.

"He told me that I'm the baby version of Barry Sanders or the 2.0 version of him," Powell said. "And then he has told me that he thinks I can be the next Giovani Bernard.

"Coming from a college coach at that high level, that means a lot to me. He sees great things that I can do and that's all I'm looking for in a coach."

Price, a fellow South Florida native and current Tar Heel cornerback, has provided Powell a player's perspective of UNC.

"He's just been telling me how nice it is up there, how the coaching staff is, and how great it is to play in the ACC" Powell said. "And then he talks about getting a big time college education."

Previously, Powell has made very few recruiting visits. Last summer, Powell camped at Florida State. He has also attended junior days at Miami and South Florida.

As a freshman, Powell started both ways for Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep. He transferred to Deerfield Beach the following spring and has been a starter at both running back and cornerback, and handled return duties ever since. He ended his junior season with 1,180 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, 247 yards and three touchdowns in receptions, and two kick returns for touchdowns.

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