JP Powell is a Speed Sheriff

A prospect on the precipice of a breakout recruitment is Miller County’s JP Powell. The talented rising senior running back has been a dynamic player earning Region Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and All-State honorable mention in 2023. 

Powell is among the most explosive players in the state of Georgia. He is starting to see his recruitment heat up with P4 attention, so we caught up with Powell to hear the latest update on his recruitment.

“I’m hearing from a lot of schools,” Powell said.

“I have 15 offers currently. I’m getting the most communication from Georgia Tech, Missippis State, FSU, UGA, and Tennessee; as of yesterday, I was offered by Ole Miss,” he said earlier this week.

Powell has been patrolling the track lanes this spring; earlier this year, he posted a 10.44 100m, ranking him among the best in the state. Powell talked about his success so far this track season, and his focus to repeat as state champion.

“Earlier this season I did match my PR of 10.44 in the 100M. I’m training very hard to win back-to-back state titles. I know it will be harder to repeat bc everyone is coming for me. That has me training harder than ever.”

Powell continued to credit his offseason success to, “Travis Norton, my trainer, he has been working with me a lot to help me excel into the premier running back, and also helping me with my training to defend my state title in track.”

The rising senior’s recruitment has earned the attention of several Power programs particularly and has official visits set in place.

“As far as visits lined up, I currently have OV’s scheduled at GT and Miss State. I’m sure I will be going to Oxford soon as well. Numerous schools have reached out regarding our spring practice,” he said.

Powell has proven to be an impact player for his team, but for his senior season, we feel that he can take his game to another level. To some degree, Powell reminds us of Cameron Wallace from two classes ago out of Telfair County, albeit he is a bigger athlete. Wallace saw his recruitment slowly gain more traction throughout the recruiting cycle as the programs recognized him to be among the best athletes in his class. That was met with a senior year crescendo earning unanimous All-State honors. That same can happen to Powell, so we asked what he thought about the upcoming season.

“This season I am looking to be more explosive and use my vision to be more efficient. I’m looking at using my speed to make one cut and get north and south.” Powell continued to talk about his new coach, “I’m also looking forward to being more versatile in our new offense that head coach Tom Causey is bringing with him. I’m super excited for what coach brings to the table; he won a state championship in Alabama.”

No doubt, we are bullish on Miller County’s 2024 season, and feel like Powell will be the cornerstone of their ascent. Powell is a unique athlete with so much talent, and highly coordinated playing on top of football: baseball, basketball, and track & field. On top of his athletic exploits, Powell seemingly has an elite character, which will do wonders for his football career and beyond.


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