FSU head coach Mike Norvell secured the 15th commitment for the 2022 recruiting class on Friday afternoon. A week removed from taking his official visit to Florida State, tight end prospect Jerrale Powers from Duncanville (Texas) High School pledged to sign with the Seminoles this winter.
“The brotherhood, the love and tradition is like no other and I want to be a part of that. Go Noles,” Powers told the Osceola.
Powers, who is 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, said after his visit to Tallahassee that FSU had taken the lead in his recruitment. The three-star prospect, who is rated as the 69th-best tight end in this recruiting cycle, made his decision after also taking official visits to Colorado and Oregon State.
“He is a flex tight end,” said Osceola Recruiting Analyst Charles Fishbein. “You see him line up wide like a receiver more so than you do as an end-unit tight end. His size creates matchup problems for a defensive coordinator. He runs good routes and has dependable hands. His play on film is similar to that of current FSU tight end Cam McDonald. He needs to show the ability to block. If he can then Powers can be an every-down player.”
“I agree with Charles,” said Osceola Football Writer Pat Burnham. “He has great size and also runs well enough in high school that he lines up as the No. 1 wide receiver (the receiver lined up closest to the sideline to either side of the formation) and shows the ability to run past cornerbacks. Of course, that may not be the case at the major college level but he could turn into a matchup problems when flexed out against a linebacker or safety. What you don’t know is can be become a complete tight end, can he develop into an effective blocker, unit tight end or H-back. But you certainly see why the staff is so high on him. He has good hands and is effective as a ball carrier after the catch.”
Tight end coach Chris Thomsen is Powers’ primary recruiter and their relationship is one reason FSU landed his commitment prior to the start of his senior season.
“I really like coach Thomsen,” Powers said after his official visit. “That’s really my guy. I’ve known him for a long time, but it feels like I’ve known him for longer. He keeps it real. He’s never going to sugar-coat anything. He’s going to tell you how he feels, and that’s what you should want in a coach.”