Whoever lands five-star strongside defensive end Ronald Powell (6-4, 230, 4.52) from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde will be getting a heck of player. Powell made the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2010 landing as the third best recruit in the nation regardless of position. The talented two-way standout, who could name his school, is beginning to shorten his list of schools.
"I'm kind of narrowing things down right now," Powell said. "Florida, USC, Tennessee, UCLA and I have a couple other schools that I'm thinking about. I still want to check out Cal, there are a couple more that I haven't really been able to evaluate.
"To be safe, USC and Florida are my top two schools right now and Tennessee would probably be in the top three," Powell said. "UCLA is also a school that I'm considering."
What does Powell like about his top schools?
"With USC it is the coaching staff," Powell said. "I get this question all the time and with USC the answer is always the same, it's not going to change. It's the coaching staff, the players and the flying around having fun, it's everything.
"I like the environment in Florida, the fan support and all the coaches," Powell said. "They're in a college city, Florida has the all-around package."
"I haven't been to Tennessee, I've only talked to their coaches," Powell said. "Tennessee is an up and coming program, just like UCLA is.
"Being a part of an up and coming program and being part of it from the ground, can be a great thing," Powell said. "That's why they (Tennessee and UCLA) are being considered."
Is the idea of being a part of building a program intriguing to Powell?
"Not really," Powell said. "It would be a great thing to be a part of something from ground and all, but it would be great starting at a school like USC and Florida as a freshman. That would be a great thing for me so I can't really say which one is better.
"It doesn't really matter to me," Powell said. "I just want to go and play football, get better and help a team win championships with coaches that are going to push me to get to the next level because that is my ultimate goal is to get to the NFL and be a big time player."
Has Powell set any official visits?
"I haven't set any official visits, yet," Powell said. "I will visit USC, Florida and Tennessee for sure.
"I hope to go to Florida for the Tennessee game," Powell said. "It's not set up yet, but I would like to."
Powell will be going to Florida on the 23rd to participate at the prestigious Under the Lights Camp.
Interesting is the fact, Powell isn't planning a big announcement when he makes his decision. "Whenever it comes" is what Powell said answering the question if he has a timeframe. He doesn't care if cameras will be around or not when he makes his decision.
The very versatile Powell is being recruited for his skills on both sides of the ball. Besides being a dominating defensive end prospect, Powell is also a weapon as a tight end.
"Everybody that is recruiting me right now is recruiting for both sides of the ball," Powell said. "In the red zone, they want me to play tight end so they can get the ball to me, but they are basically telling me I'll be playing defensive end, stand up backer or wherever it fits me on defense, because I am a defensive player, but I also will play offense in the red zone at tight end, the slot and wide receiver anywhere they can get the ball to me."