In-State Battle Brewing for Powell

Fedora’s Freak Show left quite the impression on Cornell Powell, a wide receiver from the 2016 class.

“It was dope, it was live,” Powell said. “I liked the fact that it was at night under the lights. The players were out there hyping everything up and interacting with the recruits. It was very fun. I enjoyed it.”

Powell, a 6-foot, 183-pounder from Greenville (N.C.) Rose, says the experience definitely increased UNC’s chances. That’s significant since the Tar Heels and in-state rival NC State have separated themselves from the six other schools that offered him.

“I don’t know what it is, honestly – maybe other schools haven’t come around – but Carolina and State have shown more interest,” Powell said.

Powell arrived on campus about an hour before the festivities began. At that time, he toured the campus and spent time with Dan Disch, his primary recruiter.

“[Disch] just talked to me about coming there and the talent they already had committed,” Powell said. “I got to meet a lot of [the commits] after the Freak Show and all they talked about was getting that ring, which is what I want to do.”

During the actual camp, Powell worked out under the guidance of Gunter Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach.

“He was very cool and down to earth,” Powell said. “I learned a lot from him.”

Powell used what he learned from Brewer to help him became one of the standouts during one-on-one drills.

“It was fun being out there with all the other receivers,” Powell said. “The competition wasn’t that hard, but the other receivers were pretty good.”

In a unique twist, the camp concluded with a dodge ball tournament.

“I liked it,” Powell said. “It showed that the coaches aren’t always intense and serious. They can have fun while still playing football.”

Powell’s team won the four-team dodge ball tournament and then defeated a team made up of coaches. However, Powell didn’t make much of an impact in the bout against the coaches since he was eliminated pretty quickly by Larry Fedora.

“I was trying to get Coach Disch, but Coach Fedora threw me out,” Powell said. “It was good to see the coaches act young and active.”

A decision doesn’t appear to be on the immediate horizon for Powell.

“I’m not at the point where I’m ready to commit somewhere,” Powell said. “I’m just trying to get a feel for everything. I want to wait until I have everyone who’s interested in me offer me. And then I’ll decide then.”

Prior to attending the Freak Show, Powell camped at NC State. UNC and NC State were also the only schools that he visited during the winter and spring months. Diverting from that trend, Powell will visit Wake Forest on July 18. He had hoped to visit Clemson by now, but says that that trip will likely have to wait until the football season.

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