February 11, 2011

Memphis quarterback in no hurry to make decision

Grant Powell recently took a visit to South Alabama.

The trip resulted in the unexpected - Powell's first scholarship offer. Grant Powell:

"I didn't really expect anything," Powell said. "When I got there, I talked to (South Alabama) Coach (Joey) Jones. He told me I had a home there no matter what. It meant a lot to me. It was special."

Powell didn't jump on the offer from the Jaguars. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound quarterback from Memphis (Christian Brothers), Tenn., is likely to have more options soon. Powell, the son of former Ole Miss quarterback Kelly Powell, attended a junior day at his father's alma mater late last month. If the Rebels offer, they'll be a major factor.

"It was really good," Powell said of his day in Oxford. "It was a lot of fun. I've been raised up around that place since I was a little kid. …I was raised a Rebel. That's how it is. I've always been one."

Powell said the inevitable comparisons to his father are "kind of cool. I get compared to my dad and he was a great player. I'm actually pretty honored people would compare me to him."

Powell said he met with new Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee, who "told me they have to assess the quarterback position right now. I'm cool with it. I'd rather him be honest with me. I don't mind it."

In the meantime, Powell said he plans to check out Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and others over the next few months.

"I'm going to have a busy summer with camps," Powell said, adding he wants to work during his senior year "improve on the mental part of the game. I'm getting there. We had a scrimmage the other day and I don't think I made one wrong read. That's making me happy. The coaches tell me I like my size and they like my toughness."

Powell said he's in no hurry to make a college decision.

"I'm probably going to be more patient," Powell said. "Maybe by midseason I'll probably have a decision. I want to go somewhere where I'm able to play and where it's a good academic and athletic fit for me. I can adapt to the offense. I just want to go somewhere where I can play soon and have to wait until my junior year. But I want a little competition."

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