Powell To Hear From Utah

Running back Shaquille Powell is one of the top ball carries in the west...

Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman running back Shaquille Powell is the top ball carrier in the state of Nevada for 2012 and has a solid list of offers to show for it.

"I have offers right now from UNLV, Vandy, Fresno State, Illinois, Northern Arizona, Duke, San Diego State, and Arizona State."

Now another Pac 12 school is getting into the mix and may be on the verge of an offer.

"I just talked to Utah last night. They just got my film and their offensive staff if going to take a look. They want me to call them on Saturday to see if they're going to offer."

If the offer does come, Powell does like what Utah has to offer, particularly the proximity to his home in Las Vegas.

"I really like the Utes. I saw them live when they came out to Vegas last year for their bowl game. I like their mixture of passing and running the ball. I like that they want a physical running back that wants to run the ball in the holes and pass-block. It would be close for me and my family because Salt Lake City is only a few hours away from Las Vegas so they'd get to come watch me and visit. It's a pretty good school from what I hear."

His Bishop Gorman team is one of the top squads in the country and sports an offensive line with two high division 1 prospects in Ronnie Stanley (Utah offer) and Ron Scoggins (no offer, but high on Utah), both of whom Powell is close with.

"We're like brothers so we'd like to play with each other. We all have different interests and different offers so who knows where we'll end up, but it would be really nice to play with each other."

With offers from prestigious academic schools like Duke and Vanderbilt, the 5-10, 200 pound back is sporting tremendous grades from a work ethic that carries over from the classroom to the field.

"I have pretty good grades. I'm not going to say that I'm the smartest person, but I work the hardest when it comes to my academics and I'm going to give it my all. Academics are very important to me because there's always life after football and I want to make sure I have something to fall back on."

Trying to narrow down his list, Powell is putting academics near the top and is big on the relationships he'll develop with future coaches and teammates.

"I'm looking for a school with strong academics, the player and coaching relationships, unity, and then just the offense of course and how I fit in to what they do."

With his fist visit coming this weekend and one other in the works, Powell still has three open spots that he needs to fill.

"I have an official visit this Saturday. I'm going to Fresno State. I believe I'm taking an Illinois visit too."

Wanting to take all his his visits, Powell is in no rush to decide, but a Utah offer this weekend will give him more options.

"Probably after the season is when I'll finish all of my official visits and then make my decision."

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