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TE prospect Powers building strong bond with FSU’s Thomsen

Tight end prospect Jerrale Powers has plenty of offers to consider as he begins to narrow his list of potential college homes. FSU offered Powers in March and the relationships he has built with the Seminoles’ staff, including tight ends coach Chris Thomsen, have made a big impression on the 6-foot-5 and 225-pound Duncanville (Tx.) High School product.

“From the education, to the love that they show me, to the way I see myself in the offense, to the relationship with the coaches, to the history of Florida State,” Powers said of the Seminoles. “I really like all that about them.”

Powers is rated as a three-star prospect and is ranked as the 64th-best tight end in the country for the class of 2022. He also has offers from a list of schools that includes Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado and Oregon State among others.

FSU and Colorado are the two schools recruiting him the hardest, according to Powers. He also included Arkansas, Oregon State and Utah as programs that stand out to him along with the Seminoles and Buffaloes.

Thomsen has been instrumental in making sure the Seminoles are at the forefront on Powers’ mind. The two have a strong relationship because of Thomsen’s style of recruiting.

“He’s a laid-back guy, and he keeps it real with me,” said Powers of Thomsen. “He’s going to speak what’s on his mind, and he’s not just going to tell you what you want to hear. He’s going to tell you what you need to hear. He recruits you hard, but he doesn’t over-recruit. A lot of colleges don’t realize a lot of guys don’t like to be over-recruited.”

Powers is also teammates and close friends with four-star OL prospect Jaylen Early, who is ranked high on FSU’s offensive line board for 2022. FSU is set to host both players on official visits on the weekend of June 25. The pair could ultimately end up choosing the same school. Powers told the Osceola that he would enjoying playing with Early in college but that they are not a package deal.

“That’s my bro,” said Powers of Early. “I talk to him every day, see him every day.”

According to Powers the strengths of his game are his ability to catch the ball, physical strength and his footwork. He has spent this off-season focused on improving his speed on the field as well as his ability running routes.

Powers took an official visit to Oregon State this past weekend. He is also considering taking official visits to Arizona State, Colorado and Utah later this summer or fall.

Dane Draper contributed to this article. Player ratings and position rankings courtesy of 247Sports