Catching Up With Powell

Glen Rock, Pa., defensive back/running back Chaz Powell recently wrapped up a solid senior season for Susquehannock High. "I rushed for 2,421 yards and 36 touchdowns," the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder said. "In total, I had 3,320 all-purpose yards. I also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, including a school-record 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown."

The career year for Chaz Powell earned him a spot in the early January Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Powell's squad won the game, 28-14. “I started on the punt, punt return and kickoff teams,” Powell said. “I also rotated in at safety just about every two plays. I ended up with five solo tackles and a few assisted tackles. There was not much thrown my way on defense. In fact, the only ball thrown to our side of the field the cornerback intercepted and I led him down the field blocking.”

The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl was the last high school game Powell will play.

“I was nominated but not selected for the Big 33 squad,” Powell said. “It was unfortunate that I did not get selected, but I am going to use that as a source of motivation to work harder this off-season.”

There is another all-star game this summer for Pennsylvania athletes, the East-West game, but Powell will not be able to attend that game either.

“I can't play in the East-West game because I start summer school at Penn State at the end of June,” Powell said. “Hopefully the next time you see me on the field, it will be on special teams next fall at Penn State.”

Powell was able to attend every Penn State home game this fall, but he has not taken his official visit to this point.

“I was up at every game for an unofficial visit, but Jan. 19 I head out to Penn State for my official visit,” Powell said. “I have a basketball game that day and right after that I am heading to Penn State. I am going to meet up with Nick Sukay at Penn State because he is already up there. Nick is a guy that I got to be pretty tight with because we were at all the games together this past season. Nick actually called me after the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl the other night to ask me about the game and all that. I am also good friends with Nate Stupar from the games, as well.”

We will catch up with Powell after his official visit to Penn State to find out how things went for him and the other visitors.


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