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January 11, 2010
SAN ANTONIO - Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde defensive end Ronald Powell may not have taken home the U.S. Army Player of the Year honors this week in San Antonio, but the five-star prospect definitely made a case that he deserves a look to be the nation's No. 1-ranked prospect.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Powell dominated all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and he capped things off by taking home the most outstanding player honors on Saturday. Powel finished the game with five tackles, one sack and a forced fumble on defense, to go along with a 27-yard touchdown reception on defense and a 97-yard return for a two-point conversion off a blocked extra point on special teams. Powell showed that he has the versatility and athleticism to possibly play more positions at the next level than any other player in the country.
The Florida commit said he was motivated to have a strong showing on Saturday after not taking home the national player of the year honors on Friday.
"After last night, I didn't win the player of the year award so I made sure I had [this] trophy in my hand," Powell said after he took home the MVP honors during Saturday's Army Bowl.
San Antonio Madison and West head coach Jim Streety said the MVP trophy Powell hoisted on Saturday in the Alamo Dome will most likely be the first of many more to come.
"In about four years you are going to be seeing that guy somewhere on Sunday," Streety said of Powell. "He's an unbelievable talent."
Mission Viejo (Calif.) head coach and West offensive coordinator Bob Johnson was also high on Powell. Powell was the only player Johnson felt stood out over the rest of the competition during his time in San Antonio.
"Defensively the kid that's jumped off the chart to me is Powell," Johnson said. "He's really something." - Sean Callahan
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