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Delvecchio Powell: “Double-Duty Dynamo”

By Barry Every
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Offensively this powerful compact back has rushed for nearly 2,700 yards while catching 35 passes for 600 yards. On the defensive side of the ball he is nearing the 200-tackle mark.

In two out of last three years Savannah (Ga.) Memorial Day Head Coach Michael Thompson has led his squad to a pair of GISA-AA State Titles. Last season the Matadors knocked off Lyons (Ga.) Robert Toombs Christian Academy 21-0, avenging an earlier season loss to the Crusaders.

Two-way standout Delvecchio Powell, II played a huge role in the Matadors State Championship win. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound athlete racked up 164 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns while recording eight tackles, a sack and forced fumble. His heroics did not go unnoticed as Powell was honored at the games Offensive MVP.

“He is one of those guys that’s a tremendous all-around athlete that does a little of everything,” Thompson said. “He does it on both sides of the ball for us, and he has the ability to project on either side at the next level.”

One really needs to look at his full body of work over the last three years at Savannah (Ga) Memorial Day to see what he means for his team. Offensively this powerful compact back has rushed for nearly 2,700 yards while catching 35 passes for 600 yards. On the defensive side of the ball he is nearing the 200-tackle mark.

“At the next level in the right scheme he could play running back because he will block and has soft hands out of the backfield,” Thompson said. “But he is very physical on defense and he’ll stick his nose on the ball. It really depends on what system he ends up in that will determine where he will play on the field.”

One area that won’t deter his goal of being recruited to play football at the highest level are his grades. At this time Powell boast a 4.0 GPA with a 20 on the ACT and 1000 on the SAT. He will be retaking the SAT in May and plans on taking the ACT again in June.

“This young man not only shows his leadership through his work ethic and play of the field; He is a great student that takes his academics very serious,” Thompson said. “His leadership really sets the tone for us and it doesn’t hurt that he has a very high football IQ.”

Though Powell has yet to receive his first offer, there are plenty of schools keenly interested in his talents. At this time the three schools showing the most interest are The Citadel, Furman and Mercer. He has already made unofficial visits to all three as well as Georgia Southern. Two schools Powell would like to hear more from are FIU and UNLV.

“I really liked my visit to Charleston to check out The Citadel; they came across very organized and I can see myself having a lot of fun there,” Powell said. “Mercer was also very impressive, really stressing their academics and everything about the school stood out to me. I was also impressed with Furman’s academics and campus.”

The college coaches doing most of the leg work for these three SoCon foes are Lou Conte and JP Gunter at The Citadel, Will Patterson at Mercer and Duane Vaughn at Furman.

Last camp season Powell trekked to East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Mercer and Tennessee. And he already has five schools on his dance card for the upcoming camp season. He plans on hitting Mercer-June, 1, Furman-June, 3, Kennesaw State-June, 6, Central Florida-June, 15 and is still hammering out a future date with UAB.

Powell is also a standout on the Matadors Basketball squad where he plays point and two-guard, but his season was cut short this year due to a minor injury. When not on the hardwood or gridiron Powell is training three times a week with Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins Strength and Conditioning/RB Coach James Roberts.

“We work a lot on speed training, but also acceleration and exercising are core muscle group,” Powell said. “I have to not only continue working on my speed, but my breakaway speed.”
Recruiting is always at the forefront for Powell, but winning another State Championship is of prime importance.

“I have to continue to grow as a leader and really help the younger guys,” Powell said. “I have to lead by example and do my job of running the ball hard on every play. Coach Thompson only needs five more wins to reach the 100-win milestone, so that is also important to me.”

This fall Powell can be seen lining up as a traditional running back, slot receiver, defensive back or returning punts. The dynamic double duty artist seldom comes off the football field.

Savannah (Ga.) Memorial Day does not have spring ball, so college coaches will either have to get Powell in camp or wait till this fall to see him in action. One thing is for sure, the Matadors have one of the best one-two punches in all of Georgia with Powell and teammate Winston Wright.