Ike Powell: "I want to be a part of it"

Long snapper could very well be the most underrated position of the football field. Consistency is a must. Vanderbilt found the long snapper they coveted in this recruiting class in Ike Powell of Tift County High School in Tifton, Ga. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound offensive lineman had been recruited by the Commodore staff for nearly nine months before receiving an offer just a couple of weeks ago.

Long snapper could very well be the most underrated position of the football field. Consistency is a must. Vanderbilt found the long snapper they coveted in this recruiting class in Ike Powell of Tift County High School in Tifton, Ga. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound offensive lineman had been recruited by the Commodore staff for nearly nine months before receiving an offer just a couple of weeks ago.

"Ever since Coach Rahne started recruiting me at the end of last football season," Powell told VandyMania.com, "they've been my top school. The offer a first class education. Their medical school is outstanding. That's what I want to go into. The staff is so dedicated to what they're trying to accomplish. Coach Franklin's goal is to build a powerhouse in the SEC and I want to be a part of it.

"When they offered me, you know, they said how much they liked my athleticism. They felt like I moved well for my size. At the special teams camp and I think were stunned at how well I was snapping the ball. They also liked my demeanor as a person and strong academics."

Powell also plays left tackle for the Tift County Blue Devils who finished 2-8 last season. He's stayed busy this spring working on his consistency.

"I feel like I can get better day to day," he said. "I go out and snap every day of the week. I figure if I'm not working on getting better then someone else is.

"I'm in Washington, D.C. now on vacation, but I'm excited to get back to Nashville on Monday for an offensive line camp."

Powell is looking to study medicine at Vanderbilt specializing in pathology. He chose Vanderbilt over offers from Florida and Florida State.

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