FAMU near top of list for Eastside's Powell
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:38 a.m.
On the drive to Tallahassee for a visit at Florida A&M, the potential of becoming a Rattler football player wasn't in Eastside linebacker Darius Powell's plans. The trip was just part of what recruits do during the weeks leading up to National Signing Day.
While driving back home to Gainesville, Mike Powell realized that his son had added FAMU to the list of schools that he's seriously considering.
“Everybody knows that he is really, really interested,” Mike Powell said Wednesday, stopping short of officially disclosing his son's intentions to play football at FAMU. “Now FAMU is as strong as anyone that he is considering.”
On signing day, Darius Powell will have offers on the table from Bowling Green, Towson State, North Carolina A&T, and Marshall in addition to one from FAMU.
The older Powell said as he and his son talked on their drive home after their visit on Saturday, he kept reminding him that he had options.
FAMU became more and more a focal point of their talk.
“He was thinking about these other places, and I just told him to keep an open mind,” Powell said. “When we went (on the visit), that opened his mind a little because he was hearing things from some of the coaches; like life things that I've been trying to teach him.”
Powell played linebacker last season for Eastside, but Rams coach Kent Johnson said he could be an asset to the Rattlers at strong safety.
Powell, who measures 5-foot-10 and 196 pounds, recorded 115 tackles last season.
Johnson said Powell missed two games last season due to an ankle sprain that he sustained while filling in for the Rams' starting running back. He was hurt on the first play.
“He is one of those all-around types of football players — linebacker, running back,” Johnson said. “He can play them both. He plays the game the way you like it: without fear. He plays with reckless abandon.
“He is a really hard hitter for his size and he is a good student of the game. He has a real nose for the football.”
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