Powell Visits, Plans to Return

It was difficult for Cornell Powell to assume the role of “recruit” during his visit to North Carolina on Sunday. That is because his stay included his first live UNC basketball game.

“I enjoyed it,” the four-star wide receiver from the 2016 class said. “I’m a huge Carolina basketball fan. It was a great experience. Of course they won, which made it better. The whole student section was crazy. I’m definitely going back when they play against Duke.”

Despite the memorable experience, Powell, a 6-foot, 183-pounder from Greenville (N.C.) Rose, isn’t ready to anoint UNC a favorite.

“It’s still an option – that’s why I went to go visit,” Powell said. “I haven’t narrowed anything down yet or nothing. I’m just basically enjoying this time and getting a feel for what I want to do.”

Over 20 schools have offered Powell a scholarship. He says each opportunity remains an option.

“All of them are sticking out, because they’re all trying to get me,” Powell said.

Prior to heading to the Smith Center on Sunday evening, Powell and his mother toured the campus, met with an academic counselor, visited the basketball museum, and interacted with UNC coaches, including a sit down with Larry Fedora.

“He talked to us about himself, getting to know him better, [and] about his family,” Powell said. “We talked about my family and then we talked about the new plan that’s about to be put in place for [cost of attendance].”

Throughout his stay, Powell spent a great deal of time with assistant coaches Dan Disch and Gunter Brewer. During previous visits, the majority of Powell’s time was with Disch, his primary recruiter. On Sunday, though, Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, received the lion’s share.

“We actually talked football, about route running, understanding concepts, deep routes, and underneath routes – it was just a real chilled conversation,” Powell said.

Sunday’s trip was Powell’s first recruiting visit since the football season ended. He did, though, attend games at Clemson, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest during the football season.

In addition to his return visit to UNC in March, Powell is scheduled to attend Clemson’s Junior Day on Jan. 31.

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