From the outset Powell made his top choice no secret, telling Scout shortly after this performance, "I want to go to Penn State, but they haven't contacted me yet, just my coach so we will see where that goes. I like the atmosphere at Penn State."
With offers from Maryland, Georgia, UConn, Boston College, and Temple, interest was growing fast with the likes of Ohio State working to get Powell to visit Columbus. Before that could happen Penn State managed to secure a commitment from him in late June.
When asked about his pledge to PSU, Powell told FOS, "I am really excited about this commitment and I want to do my best to help the team in any way."
Powell is projected to play defensive back in Happy Valley and will get looks at cornerback and safety once he arrrives on campus in June.
As a junior, Powell had 118 carries out of the backfield for 1190 yards (10.0 YPC) on the ground. He also had 14 receptions for 423 yards (30 YPC) and 18 total touchdowns. His performance led his Warrior team to a 10-1 record and 6-0 in Division II play and helped his offense average 34 points per game.
He was also a weapon for Glen Rock on special teams and defense at corner, blocking a stellar 16 extra points as a junior and pulling in three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Powell holds the Glen Rock school record for the longest touchdown run (a 98-yard score) and he also has a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown which he got during his sophomore campaign.
This past season, despite missing a game, he led his team to a 10-2 record, averaging 32 points per game on offense. This season he rushed for 1,120 yards on the ground (8.6 YPC) and 13 total rushing touchdowns. He made eight grabs for 218 yards (27.3 YPC) and three more touchdowns through the air. From the secondary he pulled down 54 tackles.
His Warrior squad lost in the second round of the playoffs to New Oxford.
His senior performance has already earned him honors as the York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II Player of the Year. He is also an All-County selection at both running back and defensive back.
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