Four-star defensive tackle Tydreke Powell had previously set an official visit to Penn State for the weekend of October 14th. He has now set two more official visits and hopes to pinpoint his five official visit destinations in the near future. Powell reveals which programs he has set official visits with as well as where Virginia Tech stands in his recruitment.
“I’m going to Penn State on the 14th of next month,” Powell said. “I’m flying out after our game on October 6th to go to Florida for an official visit for the LSU game. Auburn is already set, too. That’s going to be on November 11th for when they play Georgia.”
Powell was asked which other programs are in contention for his final two official visit spots.
“Definitely Virginia Tech and Tennessee and Florida State right now,” replied Powell, who spoke with Virginia Tech lead recruiter Charley Wiles on Monday night. Powell, an avid college football watcher, said the two just spoke about Tech’s weekend match-up versus Georgia Tech.
One program that figures to be a heavy contender until the end is the University of North Carolina. Though the Tar Heels may not get an official visit (because they are close to home and he has visited there so many times), they should be considered a prominent program in the race for Powell’s signature.
“They are definitely still in the mix,” said Powell, who attended UNC’s games against Rutgers and Virginia Tech this season. He grew up following the Tar Heels. “They’ve recruited me real hard and [Defensive Tackles Coach Ken] Browning is just a great guy to be around. I wouldn’t kick them to the curb just because of their season. It’s just everybody has their ups and downs. I know what they’re going through. They have a lot of young players just trying to learn the system. Maybe they’ll get it together this season.”
At 6-3, 285 pounds, Powell is rated as one of the top defensive tackles in the country. He has helped his team to a 5-1 record this season with the only loss coming by two points to Rocky Mount. He feels he is having a good senior season, with his top performance being a 20-tackle, 1-sack showing in a 24-0 shutout over Washington High School.
“Being one of the top defensive tackles in the state, most of the teams are going away from me,” Powell said. “I’ve had to run down a lot of plays from behind. I’m doing a lot of conditioning after practice to prepare for that. Some teams get crazy...
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