LB Antwaun Powell (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
recruit757 Fab 30: Antwaun Powell
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the region of Hampton Roads. We’re closing in on naming the top athlete, and our number 3 is none other than senior prospect Norcom starting linebacker Antwaun Powell.
#3 Antwaun Powell (2020 LB 220) – Indian River High School
If you need a minute to quickly recap what happened last season with the Greyhounds just skip back a few selections to Karon Prunty at number 12. In the meantime, we’re starting to see a trend here at Norcom and its ability to develop young and talented prospects for its front seven. Last year it was Taurus Jones and he was just a straight freak of nature. The James Madison commit left it all on the field in the 3A final against Phoebus. My lasting image of him is kneeling down in the mud after Anthony Wallace chipped in the extra point that won Phoebus the chance to take on Culpeper County in the 3A state semi-finals.
Jones was absolutely devastated.
However, the same drive Jones has is the same drive starting linebacker Antwaun Powell has.
The off-season brought some challenges and changes for Powell. He put so much into regular and postseason play that he needed to have shoulder surgery. Fortunately for him he had a host of collegiate offers to chose from in which he decided that the University of Florida should be the next school he calls home.
Additionally, Powell transferred to Indian River and will finish his high school career with the Braves.
The last prospect to sign with the Gators out of Hampton Roads was former Hampton defensive lineman Elijah Conliffe just a few years ago. Prior to the commitment of Powell he also held offers from Tennessee, Miami, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Penn State, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Rutgers, TCU, Oklahoma, Liberty, Marshall, North Carolina, Michigan, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Duke.
Near the beginning of April, Powell created a top eight list that didn’t have Florida on it seeing as though Florida offered at the end of May. But to the people close to Powell, choosing Florida over every other program did not come as a surprise. Along with picking up All-757 honors, Powell was also an All-State selectee this past season right next Krystian Rivera from Heritage (Lynchburg).
– Brandon Mitchell