Largo (Fla.) Pinellas Park is home to a human wrecking ball. Jeremi Powell is a 6-foot-2, 196-pound prospect who played defensive end and outside linebacker, wreaking havoc off the edge and exhibited great athleticism in the flats as a junior when he racked up 15 sacks.
But that isn't all that Powell is. He is also a talented wide receiver that racked up 45 receptions as a junior.
One look at his film, and you come away impressed. A few college teams have already come away impressed enough to extend an early verbal offer.
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"Purdue and Iowa State have offered me," Powell said. "They offered me a little over a week ago."
According to Powell, the first offer was extended by the Boilermakers. Knowing that he could continue his football and academic career at the next level on scholarship provided a major satisfaction for the Central Florida prospect.
"I always wanted to play football in college and that has always been a goal to earn an offer," Powell said. "Now it is a reality, playing football in college. When that first offer came, it meant a lot."
In addition to his two offers, Powell said that numerous other schools have expressed an interest in him to his coach.
"USF is talking to my coach," Powell said. "My coach keeps everything pretty low-key, he doesn't want me getting big-headed. I know there are some other schools looking at me though."
A few of those interested schools wanted him on campus this coming weekend for a Junior Day, but that won't be happening.
"USF wanted me to come on Saturday, the Gators wanted me to come on Saturday, but I have the ACT so I can't do that," Powell said.
Throughout the spring and summer, Powell intends to take his offers in stride and not rush into any decisions.
"I am not jumping on anything," Powell said. "I am just a junior so I am just going to see how many I can stack up before my senior year."