Jeremi Powell, arguably the most underrated player in Tampa Bay’s Class of 2012, has landed on the recruiting radar, picking up his first two offers this week.
The Pinellas Park junior was offered by Iowa State and Purdue, and coach Kenny Crawford said he expects more to come.
Powell, a versatile 6-2, 200-pounder who was a first-team all-county pick, was a destructive force on both sides of the ball last season.
He showed off that versatility against Palm Harbor University, where he had four catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns plus a sack.
And in a win over Clearwater, when he moved from his usual defensive end position to linebacker, he had three sacks and returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns.
Powell finished the season with 15 sacks and had 45 receptions on offense. His ability to stand out on both sides of the ball presents an interesting decision for colleges. Iowa State, for instance, wants Powell as an outside linebacker because of his pass rushing skills.
Purdue wants him as a receiver because of his pass-catching skills.
“Jeremi can do everything,” Crawford said. “Colleges just like on offense and defense. Really, they just like him as a football player.”