Powell double-teamed

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Florida speedster Brandon Powell didn't get a recruiting pitch when he showed up Saturday for Tennessee's summer camp. He got two.

One pitch came from Tennessee's coaches. The other came from five campers who already have committed to the Vols.

"When I first got here, Jalen Hurd and all of those guys that committed earlier in the summer were coming up to me," said Powell, a 5-foot-10, 171-pounder from Deerfield Beach. "They've actually been walking me around, showing me and telling me everything about Tennessee. Those are guys I feel comfortable around, and they're not even my teammates."

Not yet. Based on Powell's glowing praise of his Rocky Top experience, however, that may be subject to change.

"I loved everything about Tennessee," he said. "When I first got in they showed me around the campus, from the weight room on. I loved everything. Having the coaches coaching made me like everything about Tennessee."

The lead recruiter on Powell is wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni. The two apparently clicked from Day One.

"That's a good coach," the prospect said. "I really like him. He's a really cool coach."

The immediate bond Powell felt with Vol commitments attending the camp elevated his visit to The Hill from really good to great. They gave him a sales pitch like none he has encountered at other schools.

"Not really," he said. "Here it's different. It's like five have committed already and they're trying to get me to pull the trigger."

Powell also is getting the bull rush from Tennessee's coaches.

"They've shown a lot of interest," he said. "Every coach has come up to me, shaking my hand and having conversations. It's been good. Everybody's trying to get me to pull the trigger."

Even so, Powell isn't ready to fire the gun just yet.

"Right now I haven't made a top five or anything," he said. "I'm just getting out to see some schools that I have interest in and that have interest in me. That's what I've been trying to visit right now."

Still, he admitted that he expects to whittle his list of college options "pretty soon."

Powell said the Vols envision utilizing him as a hybrid player on offense, much as Southern Cal used former Heisman winner Reggie Bush.

"They're talking about a slot receiver type of running back, getting me out in space," he said. "That's pretty much what they're saying."

The way Tennessee's hurry-up offense is structured, Vol coaches consider the slotback position to be vitally important.

"Earlier in the camp they had me go out with the receivers and run a bunch of quick slot routes," Powell said. "That's something they stress every time I come (for an unofficial visit). That's why I've been working on my route-running."

Listed as a three-star recruit and America's No. 69 running back prospect by FOX Sports NEXT, Powell realizes that his ability to double as a slot receiver increases his value exponentially.

"You get a big advantage," he said. "You just don't play one position. You can play multiple positions, and that can help you in the long run."

One place Powell does not want to play is on defense. He intends to score touchdowns, not prevent them.

"I prefer the offensive side of the ball," he said. "It doesn't matter. Anywhere on the offensive side, that's where I want to be."

Powell is looking for a school where he feels at home. It's the No. 1 priority on his recruiting checklist.

"Just being comfortable; that's pretty much it," he said. "Whatever school I get to where I feel comfortable around the players and everything, that's the school I want to be at."

After visiting Auburn on Friday and Tennessee on Saturday, Powell plans to visit Kentucky on Sunday, then stop by Georgia Tech on the way back to Florida. Hitting three SEC schools in as many days suggests he's partial to SEC schools. He says that supposition is accurate.

"Yeah. Pretty much," he said. "That's the best conference in college football. If you can play in the SEC you can play anywhere."

Given that Knoxville is 700 miles from Deerfield Beach, distance could be a factor in Powell's decision. He says it won't be.

"We drove up here, so that's not a big deal to my family," he said. "Anywhere they can drive to, it's OK with them. That's pretty much it."


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