For 2013 linebacker/defensive end Denton Powe of Boiling Springs High School his junior season was a smashing success. Powe actually smashed opponents on the regular with his blend of speed and strength coming off the edge for coach Bruce Clark's Bulldogs. The rising senior prospect has piqued the interest of a number of schools already and that's part of the reason he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
Playing in arguably the toughest region in the state, Region 2-AAAA, Powe and the Bulldogs enjoyed the most successful season ever in their history a year ago. Powe's play on the defense is a big reason why. He amassed 122 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 1 interception, and returned that interception for a touchdown.
Looking back on last season we asked Powe to talk about his best game of the season and it was a game where he helped turned the tide for his team with his play on the field.
"My best game was against Wren. I had 12 tackles, 2 sacks, and a pick six. This game was memorable because my team was behind to start the game and I made a big play to turn the momentum around and lead us to a big win."
The 6'1 230 pound prospect lines up primarily at defensive end for the Bulldogs but he realizes that in most scenarios on the college level that he'll need to make the change to linebacker. It's a move that Powe is eager to show college coaches that he's capable of.
"I prefer to play linebacker,"
"I have been working hard this off season to improve my stamina and my coverage skills."
Right now Powe says his combination of speed and power off the edge has been his biggest strengths on the field thus far. His numbers attest to that too.
Regional schools are contacting Powe with frequency and he talked about all of the schools who have been showing him the most interest as of late.
"I'm hearing from Coastal Carolina, Furman, Gardner-Webb, Appalachian State, Duke, Liberty, North Carolina Central, Wingate, and South Carolina State so far."
The 2013 prospect says he feel he could be on the verge of landing his first offer soon possibly. As of right now he doesn't have any camps or visits lined up but he's hoping to check out some of the schools before too long.
"I would like to hear more from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and South Carolina State."
Playing in Region 2-AAAA Powe has seen fierce competition and he talked with us about the toughest player he lined up against a season ago.
"Jonathan McLaughlin from Mauldin was the toughest, mainly because he had a size advantage on me and a little more experience than I did."
The region also hosts the team that he's really looking forward to squaring off again with this coming season.
"I'm looking forward to playing Byrnes because we lost the region championship to them last year at home."
Right now looking ahead to college Powe says he'll consider how good of an education he'll receive along with distance from home as some of his biggest factors when choosing a college.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Denton Powe moving forward as his recruitment starts to heat up so stay tuned!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...DENTON POWE
Bench press: 350 pounds
Squat: 515 pounds
Power clean: 325 pounds
Pro shuttle: 4.71 seconds
Broad jump: 9'4"
A CLOSER LOOK...DENTON POWE
Favorite food: steak
Favorite movie: Taken
Favorite actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite music artist: Young Jeezy
Favorite subject in school: History
Favorite video game: NBA 2K12
Dream school: Georgia
Dream date would be with: Keri Hilson
One thing about you that most people would be surprised to know: "I love to fish."