The USF coaching staff is hard at work getting jump start on 2014 prospects. One prospect they focusing in on is Brandon Powell, a 5-foot-9, 170 pound electric athlete at Deerfield Beach.
As a junior playing running back, receiver, returner and cornerback he excelled all over the field. He rushed 150 times for 1081 yards (7.2 avg.) with 13 rushing TDs while adding 13 receptions and 4 scores through the air. On defense he recorded 2 INTs, 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery in just three games. He also made big plays on special teams with 15 returns for 578 yards (28.53 avg.) and a 65 yard TD. He had two other long returns for scores called back.
"I like the offense side of the ball better, because I like to have the ball in my hands," said Powell. "I can play most positions, but I see myself as running back in college that can also catch passes out of the backfield and also a return man."
"My coach and my dad always tell me I'm a good downhill runner and elusive," said Powell. "I can make moves and that no one can tackle me in space."
On the recruiting front things are starting to pick up for Powell who just started taking visits including one to South Florida this past Sunday.
"The visit to Tampa went real good, they showed me a good time, "sais Powell. "They offered me while I was there..
"We checked out the campus and facilities and it was really nice," said Powell. "They got some real nice facilities, big weight room, a nice new locker room with cool lights, and a nice practice area with a turf filed too. It was all real nice and it was close to home."
The Deerfield Beach athlete got to spend time with the Bulls coaching staff who told them how he fits into their plans.
"I got to talk with the staff and they were all real cool to talk with," said Powell. "They told me they watched my film, and liked what I can do with the ball in my hands and really wanted me up there in their offense."
"It was cool talking with Head Coach Taggart. He was telling me what their goals were for this next season, and how they're recruiting players to get them there," said Powell. "He seems real easy to talk with, a player's type coach and just a cool coach in general."
As junior day wrapped up the Bulls staff gave Powell good news, his 11th verbal offer.
"They pulled me aside and told me they were offering me a scholarship to their school," said Powell. "It felt great getting my first offer from a Florida school."
The electric playmaker talked about how the visit affected how he felt about the USF program.
"It gave me more overall feeling about the school. Not just football, but what the coaches are like and how the atmosphere around campus was," said Powell. "That was the best part about the visit."
With the Bulls offer, Powell now has 11 schools that have offered him scholarships and isn't ready to name any leaders, but knows what he'll be looking for in a program.
"I don't have any favorites or leaders yet, it's still early," said Powell. "I'm just looking for school that's good academically, where I get along with the coaches, and where I feel the most comfortable."
Powell plans on honing his craft and is planning on hitting the camp circuit
"I'm going to work on getting bigger, faster, and getting ready for these camps," said Powell. "I plan on going to the FBU camp in March and then the National Underclassmen combine. I'll also be playing on the South Florida Blitz 7on7 team this spring."