USF Commit Tiger Powell Has Big Spring Game

Three-star running back Tiger Powell had an outstanding spring jamboree. One look at the 6-0, 200-pounder with 4.5-speed from Columbia HS, (FL) and you will soon learn why he moving up the ranks as one of the state's best. Stay informed with USFNation.vom

In his recent spring jamboree, running back Tiger Powell was a one-man wrecking crew for Columbia high school scoring 3 touchdowns and having a huge role in the offense as Columbia won both games while playing in rain soaked conditions.

"It felt great to finally hit somebody else," said Powell. "The field condition was real bad, but we fought threw it.

In the first half against Wolfson High, Tiger had touchdown runs of 71 and 53 yards. He also had a 75 yard scoring run called back for a penalty, but still finished with 150 rushing yards on only 6 carries while leading Columbia to a 24-0 win in one half of play.

"I think I did real good," said Tiger. "In the first game I scored twice and if I didn't have the one called back I would have had over 200-yards. I was running hard and breaking tackles all day."

The rain continued and the field conditions worsened and the second game against Mandarin proved to be a much harder contest.

"By the second game the field was just terrible," said Tiger. "I scored but only had like 100 yards."

Mandarin had a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, before Tiger was able to do his thing. Powell had five carries in a 50 yard touchdown drive to even the score at 7-7. He also had three carries for 30 yards to set up the game winning field goal with just over 2 minutes left to play to give Columbia a 10-7 win.

"It was my last spring game," said Powell. "So it felt great to have a big one."

Tiger entered spring ball 15 pounds lighter than last season, and after his performance, looks to regain the form that led to an All-State selection his sophomore year. "I felt better, quicker, and much more explosive," said Powell.

Through-out the spring many college coaches have stopped by to check out the talented back, and a few braved the rain for the spring game.

"There a few coaches out there, but I wasn't able to see who was all out there," said Powell. "My coach told me I had a couple more offers, I think Troy and FAU offered, but you'll have to ask him."

After speaking with Columbia coach Mike Howard, he said Tiger has offers from USF, Illinois, Troy, FIU, and FAU, but is getting a lot of interest.

"Michigan, Michigan State came down and looked at him and might offer him, and Miami and FSU came by as well," said Howard. "He's committed to USF but he's getting some big time looks."

He committed to South Florida in March, and keeps in regular contact with the USF staff, said Tiger, but is still drawing scholarship offers and hearing from schools other than the Bulls.

"I'm still with USF, but I'm open-minded," said Tiger. "I still feel very good about the Bulls." Tiger also added that, "Coach Phil (McGeoghan) stopped by twice this week to check up on me."

Now that spring ball is over and Tiger will have a few weeks off before Columbia starts their summer campaign June 15th. In the meantime Tiger said he'll be running to stay in shape, working on his grades, and is looking forward to USF's SuperBull camp in June.

"I'll be going down there and I'm looking forward to showcasing what I got."

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