When recruitneks stand around the water cooler and talk about the best players that the Golden State has to offer in the class of 2010, the name of four-star athlete Ronald Powell (6-4, 240, 4.78) from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde will definitely come up.
Powell already looks like a NFL player and has the ability to make an impact on any side of the ball. His name is already well known among college coaches and he has an abundant amount offers coast-to-coast.
Does Powell have a preference what side of the ball he plays on once he gets to college?
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"Wherever the coaches want me to play," Powell said. "I put the team first because, who doesn't like to win?"
"If you come together as a team, then everything comes together and you win," Powell said. "It is a team sport and you can't have players who are worrying about their stats and rankings."
Powell already has offers from most of the Pac 10, SEC, WAC, Mountain West and the Big 12, which is highly unusual for a west coast athlete this early in the recruiting process. He will pretty much be able to write his ticker wherever he wants to go.
"I haven't narrowed anything down yet," Powell said. "I'm not in a hurry, I still have a year to play."
"The only school I know is USC," Powell said. "I know how USC runs things. I know the coaches and I'm comfortable with them."
"I definitely want to take a trip to Florida, Tennessee and USC," Powell said. "I don't know much about the other schools."
What is Powell looking for in a college?
"A good coaching staff is No. 1," Powell said. "A coaching staff that I can get along with."
"A good education, a fun college environment and of course the team," Powell said. "I want to play on a team that goes 110 percent in practice and games."
For his junior season, Powell earned first-team all-conference, first-team all-area and first-team all-county honors after accounting for 61 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles, one that he scooped up and scored a touchdown.
Powell was also used a little on the offensive side of the ball as a running back. He ended up rushing for 135 yards and six touchdowns on 21 carries.