While attending USF Junior Day last week, Tiger Powell, a 6'1-205 pound running back took a tour of the campus, saw the facilities and saw enough that he told Coach Leavitt he was ready to commit to South Florida.
"I basically fell in love with USF." said Powell, "I've been talking about it with my parents since Christmas day, and on my visit it felt like home, the opportunity was there, so I told Coach Leavitt I was ready to be a Bull."
The Columbia high school had early offers from University of Michigan, UCF, and FIU, and was receiving plenty of interest from schools like Florida, FSU, Tennessee, but an early written offer from the Bulls last December stood out to the big back.
"They were my first offer, and that meant a lot," said Powell. "I loved everything about it, the fans, the coaches and the players. They treated me like I was one of their own."
The highly touted 2010 Columbia running back is arguably one of the top prospects to keep your eye on next season. He's a 4-year starter that was named MVP after his freshman season. As a sophomore, Powell exploded onto the scene rushing for 1,290 yards and 18 touchdowns, while adding over 100 yards receiving and an additional touchdown while leading Columbia to a second round appearance in the playoffs and earned All-State third team honors. His junior year numbers tailed off with a new head coach Craig Howard instituting a spread offense, and the team going 4-6, but he still totaled 963 yards with 14 touchdowns.
"We got a year with the system under our belt and should be much better this year," said Powell "I work hard all the time," says Powell. "This year I'm going to continue to work hard every game and be the best I can be."
Powell's running back coach is former Bull Quinton Callum who owned a 9 year USF RB bench press record of 405 pounds and he's told Tiger all about USF and has helped him around campus during the visit, and also to a Bulls home game.
"I followed them a lot, but they played a lot of weekday games and I was only able to go to the game against Rutgers. I saw them on TV a lot."
He's close with Bulls offensive lineman Sampson Genus, who also keeps him informed.
"We're close and like family. He tells me it's a good school, and that Coach Leavitt will always help the players when they need them."
Powell said he talks to all the coaches, especially Leavitt, Canales, RB coach Carl Franks, and during USF's junior day told Coach Leavitt he was ready to commit.
"When I committed, they were happy, and told me they were glad I was going to be a Bull, and welcome to the family. I was so glad that they appreciated it, and I'm excited for the future."
Being early in the recruiting period and interest building in the Columbia standout back, how solid is his commitment to the Bulls?
"I'm very excited about my decision. Most kids don't get this opportunity and I have it, so I'm very glad about it."
Tiger currently has a 2.8 GPA, and his core is around 2.5-2.6 and he's scheduled to take the ACT in April. He's currently is competing in weightlifting, track, and getting ready for a 7-on 7 tournament at is school this weekend. He also plans on making a couple trips to Tampa during spring practice.
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