Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley running back/linebacker Eugene Sowell would normally be a top ten player in the state of Alabama. This year the state is ridiculously loaded and he is still considered one of the state's best.
"I still have the same list of offers, but I've been talking to some coaches on the phone and I think some other schools are close to offering," Sowell said. "I have been calling Alabama and Tennessee and they told me they are going to come to some of my games this year."
The 6-foot-0, 210-pound Sowell runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, has a 345-pound bench, 525-pound squat and has a 35-inch vertical jump.
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"Right now my top five are Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and LSU," Sowell said. "They are all pretty much equal. I went to Alabama's camp this summer and got to talk to coach Harbison and the running backs coach and I really liked it down there. I also had a good time at Auburn's camp."
Sowell's brother Mayo plays football at Auburn, but he says that won't factor into his decision.
"I am going to wait a while before I make any kind of decision or anything," Sowell said. "I plan on attending some games this year. I know I am going to try to go to the LSU and Tennessee games at Alabama as well as the Alabama-Auburn game. I know I will probably make some other Auburn games, but I don't know which one's yet."
Sowell is ranked as the No. 22 player in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com.
"The way the team has done the past few years and how they do on the field this year is important to me," Sowell said. "You always want to step into a good situation. The depth chart isn't a big deal to me because you're always going to have a lot of talented guys there before you get there."