O-D: Powell Competing

APOPKA, Fla. - Midlothian (Va.) Cosby defensive end Tyler Powell, a North Carolina commitment, is facing high level competition this week in the run-up to the Offense-Defense Bowl.

"It's just a good start getting to go against some top-level competition," said Powell. "These guys are going to be playing at the highest level next year and the years after. These are guys I am going to play with or against for the next five years."

One of three defensive linemen in North Carolina's 2014 recruiting class, Powell started on both sides of the football for Cosby HS last season and was versatile enough to play at virtually every position on the offensive and defensive lines.

After recording 18 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles during his senior year, Powell says the Tar Heels want him to play weak-side, three-technique defensive end in North Carolina's 4-2-5 defense. He also mentioned the coaching staff wants him to add 10 pounds to get up to 270 before arriving on campus, and have him play around 285 pounds.

"That shouldn't be too hard since I am around 260 pounds right now," he said.

Committing in June after receiving his North Carolina offer the previous weekend, Powell was heavily recruited by North Carolina tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Walt Bell, who recently accepted the offensive coordinator position at Arkansas State.

"I'm going to miss him because he's a cool dude," said Powell. "He told me to call him and he told me he was leaving. It's a great opportunity for him to go be an offensive coordinator. He's not even 30 years old yet. That's a really good opportunity for him. I am happy for him. It's coaching."

Instead of looking at the situation as a negative, Powell is of the mindset that you want to go somewhere that the coaches are highly regarded and coveted by other programs. After soundly beating Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl to finish the season with a 7-6 record, Powell feels he's heading to a program that is trending upward in the ACC.

"They've had a ton of defensive linemen drafted into the NFL, which is a big factor, but the academics at the school are phenomenal and I love the coaches there ," said Powell, who picked North Carolina over offers from Big Ten and ACC programs, as well as other area schools. "I love the new coaches that are there. They are all real high intensity and high energy guys, and I really enjoy that."

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