It isn't too often that a player from the Golden State of California can cause this much early excitement on the recruiting trail, but athlete prospect Ronald Powell (6-4, 240, 4.7) from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde is doing just that as he is getting early offers at a blistering pace, including three recent ones from SEC powerhouse schools.
Powell now has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, USC, Washington, Colorado, Nebraska, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee.
"Mostly Ronald is being recruited as a defensive player," Rancho Verde coach Pete Duffy said. "If a team plays a 4-3 defense they like him as a defensive end. If they play a 3-4, they like him as a rush end.'
"When Auburn offered Ronald last week, they said they would like to play him both ways," Duffy said. "They like him as a defensive end and a tight end. Auburn is really fired up about Ronald."
Duffy isn't surprised by all the early attention that his talented junior is getting.
"Ronald is the real deal," Duffy said. "He's the whole package. He's athletic, physical, works hard and is a great leader."
"Ronald is a man among boys," Duffy said. "He's great against the run, especially if they run right at him. They don't that much anymore and he can go get the ball when they run away from him."
"He's just as good rushing the passers," Duffy said. "In one game last year he made the sack, forced a fumble, scooped up the ball and ran for a score."
Powell earned first-team all-conference, first-team all-area and first-team all-county after accounting for 75 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior.
Proof of Powell's hard work is in the weight room where his current bench is 365, squat is 405 and his power clean 305. He is also a good student, who carries a 3.0 GPA.
Powell is scheduled to be at USC's junior day this Saturday.