Tiger Powell is coming off an excellent junior season that put his name on the recruiting map. USF liked him enough to offer very early and while attending USF Junior Day this spring, the 6'1-205-pound running back took a tour of the campus, and saw enough that he told Coach Leavitt he was ready to commit to South Florida.
"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."
Powell is a 4-year starter that was named MVP after his freshman season, but exploded onto the scene as a sophomore, rushing for 1,290 yards and 18 touchdowns, while adding over 100 yards receiving and a score, leading Columbia to a second round playoff appearance 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. This year his head coach thinks things will be different.
"All the coaches and players have a better understanding of what we're doing here," said Head Coach Craig Howard. "They're all banging it out here, working harder, and loving each other more with more discipline. I think everybody will have a better year than last fall, and Tiger should benefit from that."
Last year, Tiger was concentrated on getting stronger and was up to about 215 pounds, but coach wanted him to focus on his speed., and in turn tiger had a great offseason, playing basketball and competing in the hurdles and throwing the discus in track, and dropped from 215 to 190, and looking leaner, faster, and is having a great spring.
"He's always been a tough big durable back that can run, block, receive, and is hard to bring down," said Howard. "But now the weight loss is giving him more speed, and break away ability. "Powell is explosive, durable, and he's a playmaker."
Powell said the extra conditioning has him primed for this spring and can feel the difference when he carries the ball.
"I feel great this spring, I'm leaner and feel a lot faster and a lot stronger," said Powell. "I want to keep working hard at improving in everything, and just get better."
He committed to the Bulls back in March, but that hasn't stopped other schools from recruiting the back. "A whole lot of schools have been stopping by," said Tiger. "I couldn't tell you who, they've been coming by."
Tiger had offers from South Florida, UCF, and FIU, but Coach Howard said that "15 or so schools have been coming through lately. Illinois just offered him, and I think Michigan, and Michigan State is close. He's highly recruited but still very committed to USF."
Tiger said he still feels very good about his commitment to USF, and talks with the coaches regularly.
"I still feel very strong about USF," said Tiger. Coach McGeoghan stopped by last week. He's one of the new coaches they got down there. He told me to keep up the good work on the field, in the weight room, and in the classroom."
Tiger said he has a 2.8 GPA, and his core is around 2.5-2.6 and he's scheduled to take the ACT, but still has to do some work in the classroom.
"My grades are looking good. I'm taking summer classes, and doing everything I can to keep them right."
Powell is getting ready for his spring Jamboree this Friday, and also plans on making a trip to Tampa for the USF's SuperBull camp in June.
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Tiger Powell: Leaner, Faster, and Stronger
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