Adding some icing to the cake of their highly successful 2015 recruiting class, Clemson this morning picked up the first of what is expected to be three commitments on the day from 2016 prospects. WR Cornell Powell of Greenville, NC announced his pledge at a ceremony at his school.
Powell attended Clemson’s junior day in late January and knew from that Clemson was where he wanted to be.
‘The main thing was the love they showed me telling me they wanted me to come play and join the football team,” Powell said. “I sat down with coach Swinney and had a real good conversation. The whole atmosphere drew me in.”
Powell would have been a heavily recruited prospect. Some of his other offers were USC, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and West Virginia. He’s glad to have the decision behind him.
“I can focus on my final season of high school and not worry about who I will play for other than my teammates,” he said. “It’s not all about me. This takes the pressure and stress off of me.”
Last season Powell caught 67 passes for 1248 yards and 19 touchdowns.
He gives Clemson six commitments for the 2016 class and the Tigers are expecting LB Jamie Skalski and RB Tavien Feaster to fall later today.