Powell Remains in Contact with UNC

In-state 2016 wide receiver Cornell Powell committed to Clemson earlier this year, but has not closed the door to other options.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Despite his verbal commitment to Clemson, Cornell Powell remains in consistent contact with a few outside coaches, including North Carolina’s Gunter Brewer. Along the same lines, the four-star wide receiver has a couple summer visits planned.

“Coach [Gunter] Brewer and I talk a lot,” Powell said. “I talk to Coach ‘Schotty’ [Brian Schottenheimer] from Georgia and the coaches from Ohio State. I still talk to a lot of people, but I’m still committed to Clemson.”

A full year before Signing Day ’16, Powell, a 6-foot, 183-pounder from Greenville (N.C.) Rose, verbally committed to Clemson over fellow finalists Georgia, UNC, NC State, and Ohio State. All five – plus a dozen more schools – have offered.

When asked about his interest in UNC, Powell went the political route.

“I like the school, I like the coaches, but I think Clemson is the place for me,” Powell said.

In March, Powell attended UNC’s exclusive junior day.

“I definitely enjoyed the experience,” Powell said. “Everything we did that day and the whole Duke-Carolina basketball game, it was really fun. You can’t just go to a school and not like what they offer. It was pretty fun [and] I enjoyed my time up there, but I think that Clemson is the place for me.”

As Powell alluded to, the junior day activities weren’t limited to a campus tour, academic presentations, and the UNC-Duke basketball game. Attendees participated in a corn hole tournament, unique introductions, etc.

“That says that they’ll go all out for their recruits and it’s a fun place to be outside of football,” Powell said. “Carolina is a great place, but I just like Clemson a lot.”

This summer, Powell plans to visit Georgia and South Carolina. He also hasn’t ruled out a return trip to UNC.

“I don’t know yet,” Powell said. “I haven’t talked about going back yet with them.”

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