Heels Lead For Md. DE

This past weekend, the best recruit you haven't heard of from the state of Maryland made the four-hour trip south to Chapel Hill. Darius Powell, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound defensive end from Waldorf (Md.) Westlake, unofficially visited North Carolina to scope out the campus of one of his favorite schools.

"It was real fun," said Powell. "I had a lot of fun talking to the players and the coaches.

"We went on a campus tour, I hung out with the players – that was about it. It was all fun; we talked a lot about football and academics."

Powell is the lesser known of the three recruits found on the roster of Maryland powerhouse Westlake High School – Aaris Reed and Pha' Terrell Washington are the other two. Regardless, Powell owns a solid list of scholarship offers including Akron, Illinois, Syracuse, Michigan State, Kent State, and Marshall as well as UNC.

A late bloomer, Powell didn't receive his first offer until early April – but he has already established a solid leader.

"North Carolina is my favorite," said Powell. "I like the coaching staff; it's easy for me to relate to the coaches and the players."

Powell hopes to seal the deal with a verbal commitment by the end of September, but admits a decision could come as soon as July or August.

Before making his decision, Powell, who has also unofficially visited Virginia, Maryland, and Penn State, will spend the summer taking additional unofficial trips.

As a junior, Powell earned second team all-conference honors after recording 50 tackles including ten sacks and 18 tackles for loss.

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