Powell Wants PSU Offer

Every year you hear about the combines and the magic question is always why should kids go? Chaz Powell would be a great example as to why kids should go. Powell picked up a handful of scholarships from a combine performance back in May, but he still wants an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Glen Rock, Pa., defensive back Chaz Powell is learning the difference that a day makes in his recruitment. Powell participated in a combine at State College, PA on May 6th and his performance piqued the interest of several colleges. "I have written offers from Maryland, Boston College, Temple, UConn and Georgia," Powell said. All of this interest is coming from the State College combine in which Powell ran a 4.44 second 40 yard dash, a 4.25 shuttle, a 30.8" vertical leap, and he bench pressed 185 pounds 15 times.

Powell's recruitment has really started to pick up steam and he does have a clear favorite at this point. "I want to go to Penn State, but they haven't contacted me yet, just my coach so we will see where that goes," Powell said. "I like the atmosphere at Penn State. I went to the Central Michigan and Wisconsin games last year and the atmosphere was great, the fans were great. Then I was looking around at the camp in State College and it just seemed like a great place to be. I am actually going to be taking an unofficial to Penn State the weekend of June 9th."

Powell also has a grasp on what kind of characteristics he wants in his future school. "I want to go to a place with good academics. I want to know whether I can play right away or if I will have to sit for a few years. I want to see how the coaches and players are and all that," Powell said. "I am thinking I want to go for business or physical education. I would like to become an athletic director in the future maybe."

The spring has brought lots of excitement for Powell of Susquehannock High and it will most likely not stop this summer. "I plan on getting together with my coach this summer and heading out to some summer camps," Powell said. "I will most likely go to see Maryland, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Temple. I don't know about Georgia yet. I also am going to the UConn camp for sure at the end of June. I may also go to the Ohio State camp on June 23rd."

Powell will use those summer trips to evaluate schools, so he can make an early decision. "I don't know for sure because we have to see how things go but I would like to make a decision early, maybe around three games into the season so I can focus on my season and my academics afterwards," Powell said.

Powell is being recruited as either a defensive back or a wide receiver by most schools. "Pitt is recruiting me as a wide receiver, everyone else seems to like me as a defensive back," Powell said. "I have no preference about where to play as long as I have an opportunity."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Powell played running back and defensive back last season for Susquehannock where he accumulated 1190 yards rushing, 16 touchdowns, 11 yards per carry, 30 yards per catch, 16 blocked extra points, three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. Powell also holds the school record for the longest touchdown (a 98-yard touchdown run this past season) and he added a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to go along with a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown his sophomore season.


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