Clemson has its 2015 class in place and is not turning full time attention to the 2016 group. Dabo Swinney and his staff will welcome a number of highly regarded juniors to campus Saturday and at least one is seriously considering committing before leaving.
WR Cornell Powell (6-1 190) of Greenville, NC is one of the early hot prospects in the Carolinas and right now he has Clemson as his clear leader over Ohio State, NC State and North Carolina, and if it feels right, he just might commit Saturday.
“I talked it over with my head coach and I’ve got my mind made up,” Powell said. “It will be my mother’s first time coming down. If not this Saturday (commit), then definitely soon. I just want my mother to see the campus.”
Powell has seen the campus. He was at Clemson for the NC State game and that left a lasting impression.
“The whole campus was beautiful,” he said. “I went to the game and it was crazy. The fans, the student section. The whole city stopped what it was doing. The coaches are real cool, down to earth guys.”
Powell has had two excellent seasons catching the football. Last season he caught 67 passes for 1248 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a sophomore he had 47 catches for 1228 yards and 21 touchdowns. Catching the football is what he does best and Powell feels Clemson’s offense would give him plenty of opportunity to do that.
“It fits right in with what I want to do,” Powell said. “They are known for developing wide receivers and getting them to the next level, that’s why they’re called Wide Receiver U, and I want to be a part of it.”