Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers have done it again, as they have locked up their 16th commitment in the 2014 recruiting class today. Three-star athlete Brandon Powell made the call to the Vols today following a camp visit to Knoxville yesterday, and Powell’s commitment is huge for Tennessee when you look at how they beat out the Auburn Tigers for Powell’s pledge. The Tigers were named the leaders in Powell’s recruitment just one day before his visit to Tennessee, and Auburn was the favorite to land Powell by the recruiting experts. But Tennessee always had the chance, and Butch Jones and the Vols were able to steal Powell away from Auburn today. That just goes to show you that the programs that are truly great at recruiting can snag recruits once they get them on campus, and Tennessee has an elite, top three class thus far (they still need to catch the Texas A&M Aggies, though, for the SEC crown early on).
Powell can play at cornerback, wide receiver, or running back in college, but I think Tennessee needs to play this guy at the running back position. His pass-catching ability is a good, but the Destine Beach standout is more of a rusher and an all-purpose back when I watch his tape. He can be a very good APB for Tennessee, and the three-star ATH is one of the top 50 athletes in the country, one of the top 500 recruits in the nation, and one of the top 75 prospects in the talent-rich state of Florida.
At 5’10″, 171 pounds, Powell has the ideal size for an all-purpose back, and I like his shiftiness and explosiveness. Powell can bring a lot to the table as a running back, and enough can’t be said about how great Tennessee’s efforts were in landing Powell. Jones is doing a phenomenal job, and he beat out several top programs in order to land Powell, who also had offers from the California Golden Bears, LSU Tigers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, North Carolina Tar Heels, Iowa State Cyclones, and West Virginia Mountaineers among others. Powell is a truly national recruit, and he is a good fit for Tennessee, whose recruiting class is filthy rich in the early going.