Carvin Powell Receiving 1A Interest

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As defensive tackle Carlton Powell eyes the NFL Draft, his younger brother anxiously awaits his first Division 1A scholarship offer. Carvin Powell , a 6-3, 200-pound junior out of Great Bridge High School (Chesapeake, VA), is a wide receiver/safety prospect who is drawing significant Division 1A interest. Virginia Tech, which is of course where Carlton starred, is among those programs showing interest.

“Penn State likes him a lot. Maryland is showing interest. UNC is showing interest. Virginia Tech likes him. All of them have said they are coming through in May for him,” Great Bridge head Pete Gale said.

Led by primary recruiter Curt Newsome, Virginia Tech certainly has Powell on its radar. And Powell is interested in Tech as well.

“The Virginia Tech coaches have got a good feeling for who he is and what he does,” Gale said. “I think they are like all of the other schools, which want him to go to one-day camps.

“He still likes Tech a lot. He is listening to other schools, too. Until Virginia Tech sends him that official offer, he is listening to everybody.”

Playing opposite top recruit Logan Heastie at the wide receiver position, Powell was a significant part of Great Bridge’s offense last season as a junior. He also played well at the safety position.

“Carvin actually played great last season,” Gale said. “Off the top of my head, he had 38 receptions for 510 yards on offense and three interceptions on defense. He runs about a 4.5 40, which doesn’t hurt either. He covers ground real fast and supports the run real well. He is a big hitter. He is a physical wide receiver and physical safety.”

College coaches vary in terms of which position Powell projects best at on the next level.

“Virginia Tech likes him as a safety,” Gale said of Powell, who is a good overall athlete and a two-sport standout (football and basketball) at Great Bridge. “Maryland likes him as a wide receiver. Penn State likes him for both. He is not a kid locked into one position.”

This spring and summer, Powell will likely head to Penn State for a visit and probably will head to Virginia Tech as well. No other visits have been set, but stay tuned for more on Powell’s plans. At this point, he is focused on improving his academics. Coach Gale says that Powell is a qualifier, but