Powell a Top Defensive Tackle Target

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Boasting over 30 official scholarship offers, Hertford County (Ahoskie, N.C.) defensive tackle recruit Tydreke Powell has established himself as one of the top prospects in the East if not the country. The 6-3, 285-pound prospect discusses his recruitment including which schools, if any, he knows will be in contention for his signature for a long time.

Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the programs that have offered the two-time all-state selection. In terms of phone calls received this month, Powell has heard from Miami, among others, and seems impressed by its program.

“It was real big when I got it,” Powell said of the offer from Miami. He received it about two months ago. “I’m a big fan of Miami. It just shocked me when they called. I’m not even going to lie about that. I’m definitely going to get down to their camp this summer.”

Powell acknowledges that it will be tough to narrow his list to five he will officially visit, but three schools seem to have the inside track right now.

“It’s going to be kind of hard to narrow it down,” Powell said. “Virginia Tech will definitely be in the running because I just love their defense. They’ve got a great defense and every time I see them play I can picture myself playing for them. UNC and Miami are in there too.”

UNC seems to be the primary in-state competitor right now. He has visited there on many occasions including for the spring game.

“Carolina is a great program,” Powell said. “I definitely go there a lot and every time I go it seems like everybody knows me. It’s just like my backyard when I go there.”

In addition to UNC, Powell has also been to the Auburn and Virginia Tech spring games. This summer, he says he plans to visit Florida, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He talked about last month’s Virginia Tech spring game experience, which seems to have put the Hokies in good shape.

“It was great,” Powell said of VT’s spring game. Of all the spring games I have been to, I see Virginia Tech’s fans really supported them and that’s another big thing. I just loved coach Beamer and it was great to be around some of the players.”

When it comes time to narrow his list, there will be several factors the big man is looking for.

“I’m definitely