VA DL makes second visit to Wake

Tyler Powell has been a 2014 prospect high on Wake Forest's radar for awhile. The big 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from Cosby (Va.) High School in the Richmond area came to campus for his second visit of the year for the annual Spring Football Game at BB&T Field. He talked with DeaconSports.com about the experience.

"It was a really good game," said Powell. "I liked a lot of the different things they did defensively. They were mixing up it up with blitzes, dropping back, and playing some gap control. It was fun to see guys flying around making tackles.

"I had been up to Wake for a Junior Day. Coach McCartney seems like a good guy. I've been talking with both Coach Mac and Coach Himebauch. They seem really interested in me, but would like me to come back for camp to see how well I work in the scheme of things in the defense. I'll be heading down there for camp in early June."

Powell has picked up offers from Hampton, James Madison, Old Dominion, Temple, and William & Mary in the early going. He's built a five month relationship with the Deacon staff and is hoping an offer is extended.

"It was in December when [Wake Forest] came by my school," he said. "That's when I first hear from them. I really like the school. They play ACC competition but it's still a small school with a great family atmosphere. They're always competitive and want to win. It's also a good place to have a degree from. Not a lot of people can say they have a degree from Wake Forest."

In his junior season at Cosby, Powell made 85 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was named first team All-District, All-Region, All-Metro, and All-State honorable mention.

"My biggest strength is my get off," Powell stated. "Every single coach I talk to mentions they've never seen a get off the ball as quick as mine. I'm still willing and ready to hit hard, make tackles behind the line, and finish plays.

Beside Wake Forest, Powell says he's been getting the most attention from Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Michigan. He's also hearing from Penn State, East Carolina, Rutgers, N.C. State, UNC, UVA, and Iowa.

"The main thing I'm looking at is the quality of the degree," explained Powell. "My goal is to one day play in the NFL. I realize, however, if that doesn't happen I'm going to need a degree that will give me an advantage over the rest of the graduates entering the work force. I'd like to study sports medicine or do something that will lead to a career in coaching. I really enjoy coaching. I coach little kids around here and love doing it."

Powell has turned heads this spring on the combine circuit taking home Defensive Line MVP honors at both VTOSports in Charlotte and National Underclassmen in New Jersey. He wrestled this winter at Cosby and is currently competing in shot put for track and field.


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