Irish Catch Powell By Surprise

Ronald Powell played quarterback all the way through Pop Warner. For Rancho Verde High, he's capable of playing all 22 positions on both sides of the ball. Is there a recruit more versatile in the class-of-2010, than the four-star Powell from Moreno Valley, Calif.?

"I don't know, but I do know I'm capable of doing a lot of things," Ronald Powell said.

College recruiters agree, but most of them see the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Powell as one of their future defensive ends.

In helping lead Rancho Verde to a perfect 10-0 record before a first-round playoff loss, Powell had 60 tackles and 13 sacks.

"They say they love the way I play, they love the way my motor keeps going and I get after it every down, and they like the fact I can play anywhere," Powell explained. He also had six touchdown receptions. "The offensive side of the ball, I can play wide receiver, running back, tight end, d-end, d-tackle, I can step back and play linebacker.

"At defensive end, I can rush the passer, I can shove down the down block and get to the ball. I can play sideline to sideline. I got good angles."

Powell also has plenty of good scholarship offers.

Roughly 20 programs have offered Powell a full-ride, including the likes of USC, UCLA, California, Tennessee, Florida, LSU and Nebraska. Last week, Notre Dame joined the mix, catching Powell off guard.

"It was a way surprise," Powell said. "I didn't hear nothing about it. It was pretty cool.

"When I came home, there was mail on the counter, and I opened it up and there was a scholarship.

"It was a real big surprise. I haven't got a phone call from them. I used to get mail from them. At first they were calling me Robert. I was getting mail as Robert. Then I started getting the mail as my name. that was about it. I got regular letters. I still haven't talked to any of the coaches."

Powell says that even though he hasn't had any contact with the Irish staff, and doesn't know anything about Notre Dame, that doesn't rule out the program. He's looking into all of the options presented to him.

"It's college," Powell stated. "It's early in the year. It's early for all these scholarships. Most people get offered late. I haven't even played a down of football my senior year.

"I'd like for them to come down to talk to me and see me, and see some other players."

With that being said, some favorites are beginning to emerge for Powell.

"I haven't narrowed it down to a top five, but most definitely USC, most definitely Florida, most definitely Tennessee, Cal Berkeley, UCLA, I'm like all over the place."

Powell has taken visits to USC, UCLA and San Diego State. He'll return to the two Los Angeles powerhouses this week. He has a trip setup for Florida in June, and is looking to make as many trips as possible this summer.

Powell has a 3.3 GPA, and is thinking about majoring in criminal justice or broadcast journalism. He says there is no time table for a college decision.

"First of all, coaching staff," Powell said of what he's looking for in a school. "I want them to be all about business. I want a team that's going to give it all to compete for championships every year. And I want a coach that's most definitely going to get me to the next level. And most definitely a good education from a top college that's going to get me far in life if I'm not able to get to the next level. I want to be able to not have to depend on football. I want to be able to have a career that I can support my family with." Top Stories