Powell Will Trim List Soon

After his recent decision to completely open up his recruitment, Tydreke Powell has made determining his final five schools one of his top priorities.

"We're narrowing down his list and we're discussing that's he's going to go public with that shortly and he's getting ready to try to win a championship," said Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County head football coach Greg Watford. "He's got to put recruiting on the backburner and concentrate on Hertford County football."

Powell, 6-foot-4 295-pounder, will continue his responsibility as a dominating inside force at defensive tackle, but he'll take on an additional role as a blocking fullback.

"He's going to absolutely be the focal point of our defense, but he'll also start at fullback," said Watford. "He started the scrimmage at fullback [Friday]. He probably averaged like 9 yards a carry. He had a real good scrimmage Thursday. He won't play a lot of fullback for us, but certainly in short yardage."

In Hertford County's offense – which features a lot of option plays, including the triple option – Powell could touch the ball as much as seven times a game, according to his coach.

In addition to his on field ability, Powell has an extra intangible that the Hertford County coaching staff will be counting on.

"His leadership and experience," said Watford. "He's a four-year varsity starter; he's played in a championship game, so we're looking to draw on that to help build these other guys up."

Before his season kicks off this Friday against Kinston (N.C), Powell is expected to announce his final five. However, an official date and time have yet to be determined, especially with the recent passing of his grandmother.

"Shortly [he'll announce]," said Watford. "I don't want to put a time limit on it right now, especially with all he's going through this week, but very shortly. We both agreed it's time to narrow it down so that we don't have the distraction going into the season."

Powell will then take his five allotted official visits and make a verbal commitment before National Signing Day.

Watford doesn't want to divulge too much, but admitted North Carolina is a strong candidate to make the cut – especially after Powell has been considered a strong Tar Heel lean since the start of his recruitment.

"He's obviously always been a fan, he's had some great trips there this summer, and camped there so I would think they'd probably be one of them," said Watford.

A Scout.com four-star prospect, Powell is the 14th ranked defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.

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