Norcom LB/DE Antwaun Powell-Ryland (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Wednesday was good for Antwaun Powell-Ryland
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Recruiting is really starting to heat up for Class of 2020 athletes.
Power Five schools have pretty much locked in their signing class since the Early Signing Day allowed them to secure commitments from the athletes they’ve been working on for months, if not years. Now that the dead period (over the holidays) is over, coaches from the ACC/SEC/Big Ten/Big 12 and PAC-12 are back to recruiting.
On Wednesday morning, Norcom linebacker/defensive end Antwaun Powell-Ryland (2020 DE/OLB 6-3 220) picked up a scholarship offer from the University of Michigan.
“(The coaches at Michigan) have seen my highlights. They want me to come down and see what they have to offer me. They said I am a excellent player. They love my film and they offered me,” Powell-Ryland said. “They’ve said I’m an excellent pass rusher. They would have me all over the field.”
Antwaun mentioned that the next step would be to head to Ann Arbor for a Junior Day.
By the afternoon, the University of North Carolina had been in contact and the Tar Heels made an offer.
“I sent them my junior highlights. They said they love my film, that I’m a very special kid and they wanna get me down there for a visit,” said Antwaun.
His 2018 season was electric, with the Greyhounds overcoming an 0-3 start to make the playoffs, upsetting Class 4 State Championship runner up Lake Taylor in the process. In the playoffs, Norcom made it to the Region 3A Championship Game, losing to Phoebus in a rainy, muddy and cold triple-overtime thriller.
Powell-Ryland was a first team defensive end for the All-Region 3A teams in his junior season.
The offers from UNC and Michigan bring Powell-Ryland’s offer list to eight, with previous offers coming from Virginia Tech, Duke, Pittsburgh, UVA, Temple, and East Carolina.
– Andy Hilton