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Florida State leads for 2022 TE Jerrale Powers with decision on horizon

Florida State hosted 17 official visitors on campus during the month of June, including nine over the weekend. 2022 tight end Jerrale Powers was one of the prospects in attendance and the trip marked the first time he had ever been in Tallahassee.

The visit went extremely well and Powers has the Seminoles at the top of his recruitment with a decision set to come on Friday, July 2.

“It was good,” Powers said. “It was better than I expected from the campus, the people, the coaches. The atmosphere and the energy were pretty good. I had a good time and I like Tallahassee.”

“Florida State most definitely set the bar,” Powers continued. “They’re the highest right now. I would say that they’re definitely No. 1.”

Earlier this offseason, Powers was personally offered by tight ends coach Chris Thomsen and head coach Mike Norvell. He’s been communicating with Thomsen since March and finally was able to meet him face to face on Friday.

“It was really good,” Powers said. “The same way that he [Thomsen] is through the phone is the same way that he is in person. Just a chill, laid-back dude. There wasn’t really any difference, there wasn’t a character change, he was the same dude.”

During the visit, the Texas native and his family toured the campus and city to try to get a feel for what Florida State had to offer. He also got a chance to go to coach Norvell’s house.

“We checked out the stadium, the stadium is beautiful,” Powers said. “We checked out the facilities around the campus, where I’d stay if I was going to go to Florida State. I was shown college town and I got a chance to go to coach Norvell’s house. Basically, just looking around the campus, facilities, and everything that I’d be seeing if I went to Florida State.”

Powers was able to meet multiple current players, including tight ends Cam McDonald and DJ Daniels, and linebacker Emmett Rice. Rice was able to give him a unique perspective based on playing for three different coaching staffs during his college career.

“They told me that the way they [the coaches] were acting during the visit is how they always are,” Powers said. “I also talked to one player [Rice], he’s been at Florida State for six years and he’s gone through three staff changes. He was just telling us how the coaching staff cares for you as a person and your education, then you as a player. They make sure your priorities are straight, make sure you’re on top of your business, and that you’re being the best version of you at all times.”

The Duncanville High School product sat down with coach Norvell for a one on one conversation in his office. He likes how Norvell gives everything to him straight up.

“I did sit down and talk with coach Norvell,” Powers said. “He was just telling me how I am needed here and at my position. He really wants me to be a Seminole. He told me about him as a coach, how he’s going to push me to my best even if I don’t like him, and he’s ok with that because he wants me to be my absolute best. He was just keeping it real, he wasn’t just telling me what I wanted to hear, which is what I like and what I want in a coach.”

Florida State plans to use Powers as a versatile tight end in its offensive scheme. He’ll be moving around the field in a variety of spots, similar to Cam McDonald.

“There was a time after our conversations where I hopped on a zoom with him [Thomsen],” Powers said. “We used to do a lot of zooms, he used to show me film of how they use Cam [McDonald] but how they want to use me like him. When he showed me on film, it opened my eyes to what he wants because I will be getting moved everywhere, I will be getting the ball thrown to me, I’ll also be blocking. I can be used as a versatile player so that’s what coach Norvell and coach Thomsen want me as.”

Powers was accompanied on his official visit by his mother, father, and brother. They’ve all been gushing about the experience since they got back home and look forward to returning in the fall for week one against Notre Dame.

“My younger brother absolutely loved it,” Powers said. “He couldn’t wait to get down to Tallahassee, Florida. My pops, he absolutely loved it. He’s been talking about it since we left. My mom, she likes it and she was happy just based on the academic part, of course, football. Everybody’s happy, everybody loved the visit. We’ve been talking about it since we left.”

Interestingly enough, his high school teammate and four-star offensive tackle, Jaylen Early, was also at FSU this weekend. Powers says it’s a possibility that they could continue to play together at the college level. Early plans to commit on August 2.

“It’s most definitely been a conversation,” Powers said. “What if we did end up as Seminoles, playing together. Going from high school to college together, it’s definitely been a conversation. I don’t know where his mind is, of course since he went on the official visit, he is interested in Florida State. As far as committing-wise, I don’t know, but we’ll see next month. He just dropped his commitment date.”

Throughout the weekend, the Seminoles continued to build momentum on the recruiting trail. Five prospects have joined #Tribe22 since Friday night.

Does that surge have any impact on Powers?

“Most definitely, it does,” Powers said. “It was an amazing visit and I’m sure everybody there was thinking at some point ‘dang, this school is amazing, I could see myself going there’ type of thing. I wasn’t really surprised when everybody started committing because it was a really good visit. It most definitely had an impact.”

The contenders to land Powers on July 2 are Florida State, Colorado, Oregon State, and Arkansas. He has taken official visits to FSU, Colorado, and OSU.

The 6-foot-4, 238-pound tight end is ranked as the No. 1145 overall prospect, the No. 68 TE, and the No. 159 recruit in the state of Texas in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

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