Powell Goes Hard

The Oklahoma Sooners secured an impact type of player back in the spring when Skyline wide receiver Joe Powell issued his commitment to play for Bob Stoops in Norman. Powell has been working hard to not only have a huge season on the field in '09, but to also get ready for the next level.

Joseph Powell went hard in Saturday's 51-2 romp over Dallas Kimball. It took him little time to get started as he scored the opening touchdown on a 35 yard route where he just blistered past a Kimball defensive back.

He did not stop there. On the next possession he got the ball on a slant route and made the defenders look silly as he juked past the defenders and then used his blistering speed to take it 70 yards to the house.

He would add another touchdown and another catch on the night, ending up with an unofficial 150 yards and three scores on four catches.

"It was good," Powell said with a huge smile when talking about his performance.

"They were trying to use some crazy coverages. The offensive lineman were blocking good for me. So "Jhall" (Skyline QB Javia Hall, North Texas commit) had time to throw me the ball and I caught it. So I take it to the house and hand it to the ref. You know, that's how we do it!"

Next weekend the 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver and is Skyline Raider teammates will step up a level in competition when they square off against Arlington Bowie.

Powell believes that preparedness will hopefully give his team an edge in the contest.

"We are starting on Monday morning," Powell stated. That is something they are not doing. We are going to be out here practicing on Labor Day and they are going to be at home eating with their family."

"We are going to be out here at the school practicing with our family, Skyline, the whole team."

It is obvious from junior highlight reel (below) that Powell is a fast-twitch athlete that has a knack for the big play, but he has come a long way from a physical standpoint.

He has grown, especially from a physical standpoint. Where he once looked like one of the smaller players on the field he now looks every bit of a D1 athlete.

He attributes a visit to Norman for the Sooners annual Red-White Spring Game as one of the running points of his career. That visit gave him the chance to compare himself up next to some of the country's elite receivers.

Guys like Kyle Prater and Demarco Cobbs, who not only hold offers from most of the top teams in the country, but also have developed frames.

"When I went down there was this dude there named Demarco Cobbs," Powell began. "A lot of the dudes (other recruits) were hating on him because he was down there and he was getting all of this publicity and all of the love. I seen him (and where he was physically) and he was getting his shine on. I came back to school that next week and ever since then I have been working real hard."

"They (colleges) started watching my film and offers started rolling in. OU offered me and I committed, because I felt that is where I wanted to go."

Scout.com has rated Powell as a cornerback prospect, but after his development and performance so far in '09 it looks like he will possibly move up in the rankings and see a positional re-adjustment.

There is no doubt what side of the ball Powell wants to play on.

"OU wants me to play receiver," Powell said. "I told the rest of the schools I score touchdowns."

In the Film Room with Joseph Powell

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