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4-Star Cornell Powell '100% Committed' to Clemson, but Plans to Visit Others

Last national signing day while the focus of college football fans shifted to 2015 recruits, Cornell Powell claimed a small piece of spotlight by committing to Clemson.

Just a junior at the time, his early February pledge helped highlight a five-day stretch that featured Tigers commitments from fellow 4-star wide receiver Tavares Chase, Georgia linebacker Jamie Skalski and 5-star running back Tavien Feaster.

Six months later, Powell's decision remains intact, but it wasn't quite as effective as he anticipated.

"You would think once you commit that other schools would start to back off and things would become less crazy, but that's definitely not the case," he told Bleacher Report. "They knew I still had another 365 days to make a final choice so my recruitment never really ended."

Programs stayed persistent in the pursuit of Powell, a prized 6'1", 180-pound prospect from J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina.

Though he is unwavering in his loyalty to Clemson, upcoming official visit opportunities appeal to the playmaker.

"I'm still 100 percent committed to Clemson. I just want to have fun and enjoy this process, as many high school athletes should," Powell said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience." 

He opted to take advantage, lining up trips to four universities this fall. Powell confirmed plans to visit Georgia (Sept. 19), Oklahoma (Oct. 3) and Ohio State (Oct. 17), before closing out his multi-campus tour with a return to Clemson (Nov. 7). 

At this stage, it's unclear whether he will ultimately use a fifth and final official visit before signing day. Regardless, Powell will attend several compelling games this season.

Georgia hosts South Carolina in its SEC home opener when he comes to town. First-year offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has made a strong impression on Powell, encouraging him to visit Athens.

"Me and Coach Schottenheimer have a very good relationship. I want to get down there to check out the campus. He told me I will love it, so I need to see it for myself," he said.

Oklahoma also set itself apart with an assistant coach. Powell was previously recruited by Sooners offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley at East Carolina, establishing longstanding familiarity.

"He recruited me hard when I was a freshman and sophomore to come to ECU, which is right around the corner from me," Powell said. "We lost touch for a little while when he went to Oklahoma, but things picked backed up. He's one of my favorite coaches, so I'm excited to spend some time with him at the school."

Oklahoma welcomes him to Norman for a matchup with West Virginia.

His motivation for visiting Ohio State is straight to the point.

"I want to see how national champions operate," Powell said.

He will be in attendance when the Buckeyes face Penn State.

Clemson is likely the last stop in his recruitment. He plans to watch the Tigers take on reigning ACC champion Florida State.

Powell expects further confirmation that he made the correct choice in February.

"It will feel like going home. There's no place better. Every time I visit, I fall more in love with it," he said.

Clemson has become a notable landing spot for top-tier wide receivers during head coach Dabo Swinney's tenure. Recent alumni Martavis Bryant, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins are all expected to play expansive roles on their respective NFL squads this year.

Powell is likely to join a group that now features 5-star 2015 signee Deon Cain.

"Wide receiver is more than a position at Clemson, it's a state of mind," he said. "When you play wide receiver there, you take that opportunity seriously and personally. It is so exciting to know I can learn from the best and play with an incredibly dynamic quarterback in Deshaun Watson."

J.H. Rose High School started training camp Monday. Powell, who caught 67 passes for 1,248 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2014, enters his final campaign at the school with high expectations.

"I have one goal this season and that's to win a state championship. That's by any means necessary, whether I catch 70 passes or 20," he said. "It's going to be tougher this year with all the attention I'll get from defenses, but I'm prepared. I've become an improved route-runner and I understand the game better than ever."


Quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake. 

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David Long to Stanford: Cardinal Land 4-Star CB Prospect

Wide receivers in the Pac-12 beware—Stanford has landed 4-star cornerback prospect David Long, according to 247Sports.

Long spoke to the outlet about why he chose the school:

First off it's a dream school of mine. Coming into high school Stanford is the school I always wanted to go to. That's why I chose to go to Loyola High School, too, because it would prepare me for a school like Stanford. I know I'll get a great education there and I really like Stanford's coaches, too. I love how Stanford plays hard-nosed football.

A 6'0", 175-pound prospect out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Long is ranked 70th nationally among all prospects, seventh at his position and 10th in the state, according to 247Sports. showcased some of his highlights from last year:

Long makes up for his shorter stature with impressive leaping ability while bringing big-time speed to the position, something that's Brandon Huffman was able to witness firsthand:

Makeup speed is imperative for a cornerback. If beaten or faked out initially, the ability to recover determines whether a lot of corners sink or swim. 

Expect to see Long with the Cardinal in a couple of years, not only in the secondary but maybe even on special teams. With that kind of dynamic play and speed, he has the perfect physique and skill set to return punts as well.

He will need to beef up before he sees the field, though. At 175 pounds, he needs a bit more size to improve his tackling while trying to avoid being pushed around in the secondary when it comes to shedding blocks. With that said, he will also have to make sure he learns how to properly tackle. Instead of launching himself like a missile and leading with the shoulder, Long will have to make sure he wraps up the ball-carrier. It could save him from injury down the road.

Still, it is apparent that Long has the raw capability and intangibles to make any Division I roster. Expect to see him terrorizing quarterbacks in the FBS once he finishes developing and acclimates to the college game.

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David Long to Stanford: Cardinal Land 4-Star CB Prospect

Wide receivers in the Pac-12 beware—Stanford has landed 4-star cornerback prospect David Long, according to 247Sports . Long spoke to the outlet about why he chose the school: First off it's a dream school of mine...

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4-Star DB Deontay Anderson Discusses Top 5, Leaves Door Open for Other Programs

The triple-digit temperatures of a Texas summer in August can be physically draining and mentally excruciating for high school football players.

For Deontay Anderson, it's observed merely as routine, just another day in his quest to be the nation's best safety on the nation's best team.

As Anderson, Manvel High School's 4-star defensive standout and the No. 3 safety in the country, prepares for his senior year, he's managed to balance the anticipation of the upcoming season with the stressful world of recruiting. On Sunday, Anderson tweeted his top five schools, trimming his list from a selection of 43 reported offers.

And he did so just in time to focus on the season, which starts in three weeks.

"Practices have been good; I'm just ready to get to fast action and hit somebody," Anderson said. "It's been hot, but it hasn't been an issue. We run a lot, and it's been kind of a challenge, but it hasn't really been a major issue."

Anderson said the five schools that made his list also will be the schools receiving an official visit. The USC visit most likely will be the weekend of Sept. 18, when the Trojans host Stanford. The official stop in Texas will be during the season, but a date hasn't been determined. Anderson added that official visits to Texas A&M, Ole Miss and LSU most likely will happen after the season.

Anderson—the high-octane player known for making plays with the sugar-rush assistance of Welch's Fruit Snacks— said all five schools had the same thing in common: a connection with the head coach and the position coaches.

"The relationship with the coaches is important," he said. "You're always going to be around your coaches, so you have to have good relationships with them. I like the head coach and my position coach with all of them. I think I can learn a lot."

To add, Anderson said that while he has five officials planned, he hasn't shut the recruiting door on other programs. In fact, he said he's still looking at Georgia, Florida, TCU and Mississippi State, and those four schools have just as much of a chance as the ones in his top five.

"[Narrowing it down] has been very difficult, but it had to be done," said Anderson, who won't make a decision until national signing day. "I knew I had to sit down and just pick which ones fit me best. I hated to cut any school out, but it had to be done."

USC is expected to be Anderson's first visit, and it could set the bar overall. There was a time Anderson wasn't interested in the Trojans, but he said the persistence of defensive backs coach Keith Heyward and head coach Steve Sarkisian should be commended.

"[Heyward] has made a couple of visits to see me," Anderson said. "I was in class one day, and my coach said he came by to speak with me unexpectedly. That really caught my eye. Then [Sarkisian] started coming by to visit. We've had great talks."

There are some who feel the battle for Anderson will come down to in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M. He has a teammate in 4-star wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps who has been committed to the Longhorns since October of last year. On the flip side, another former teammate, Koda Martin, is a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M.

Anderson said he's a big fan of the coaching staffs at both Texas and Texas A&M—particularly the coaches who are defensive-minded.

"I love what Coach [Charlie] Strong is doing at UT," he said. "He's a great man, and I feel he's going to change things around. He's a defensive guy, so that's a huge deal to me.

"A&M has been around for a long time. I've built a good relationship with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin, and I love [defensive coordinator] Coach [John] Chavis. He's a cool dude. He's one of the best people I've ever met—a really genuine guy."

LSU and Ole Miss are two schools to keep an eye on. Anderson calls LSU his "dream school" and was excited after receiving the offer. Ole Miss arguably has shown him the most love of the five schools, and he's a big fan of what head coach Hugh Freeze is doing with the program.

"LSU is DBU," Anderson said. "When I first got the offer, I thought about committing, but I didn't because I thought I might get more offers. It's crazy to have your dream school offer. Coach [Les] Miles is unbelievable, and [defensive backs] Coach [Corey] Raymond is unbelievable. It's a great environment there; plus, it's close to home.

"With Ole Miss, I know that Coach Freeze has it rolling over there. He's one special person; he has a certain gift, and that's one thing I've taken notice of. He's one of those coaches who knows himself and really knows his players. Plus, the campus is beautiful, and everybody is genuine. You can't go wrong there."

The winning school gets a dynamic playmaker in the secondary, someone who is as polished a tackler as he is a cover defender. As a junior, he finished the year with 59 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdowns.

Anderson showed his athleticism the last two years as a participant at The Opening in Oregon. This year, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.01 seconds, threw the power ball 38 feet and showed a vertical jump of 37.4 inches. 

For his varsity career—which started his freshman year—Anderson has 184 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions. He also has returned a punt return back for a score, if a school chooses to use him in the special teams department.

Anderson said he's unsure of trimming his list further, but he did say he's excited about giving all of the schools a chance to make their pitches.

For now, however, his primary focus is on Manvel.

"I want to win state with my team," he said. "We've got to take that one day at a time and focus on the details. We can't think about anything else."


Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles 

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Terrell Cuney Arrested: Latest Details, Reaction and More on Texas OL

Redshirt freshman Terrell Cuney is set to see his first action as part of the University of Texas' offensive line during the upcoming season, but that is currently in question due to a reported arrest.

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Report: Cuney Arrested Wednesday for ShopliftingThursday, Aug. 6

Just weeks before the start of the 2015 college football campaign, Texas head coach Charlie Strong may have a difficult situation to deal with involving his reserve center.

According to Chris Hummer of 247Sports, Cuney was arrested early Wednesday morning for shoplifting, although specifics regarding the incident have not yet been released.

Cuney is a 6'1", 278-pound lineman from Jasper, Texas, who rated as the No. 7 center recruit in the Class of 2014, per 247Sports.

Senior Taylor Doyle is currently entrenched as the Longhorns' starting center, with sophomore Jake Raulerson behind him, so Cuney isn't in line to play very much in 2015 regardless of his legal situation.

The primary concern relates to his status with the team, as Strong hasn't hesitated to discipline his players. In fact, he dismissed nine players in 2014 during his first season at the helm. 


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