by Mark Clements
|photo courtesy of perfectgame.org|
September 17, 2010 – This early in their senior years, most high schoolers have just begun the recruiting process, and are far from making a college choice.
Evan Powell is an exception.
The Sam Houston High School athlete two-sports for his Broncos, playing both football and baseball, and has verbally committed to go play baseball at LSU.
The 5’10, 195-pounder plays both quarterback and safety for the Bronco football team, while catching for the baseball team. Powell said he plans to stick to just baseball at LSU.
Powell complimented LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri and said he loves the system the coach has developed. He also said going to LSU has been a lifelong dream for him and it’s finally come true.“Ever since I was a little kid it’s been my childhood dream to go there,” he said. “I’ve been a diehard LSU fan my whole life so the first opportunity I had, I took it.”
Powell is already beginning to build a college-ready body in the weight room as well with a 305 bench, 495 squat and 240 clean. The athlete also runs the forty yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
On the field, Powell said the toughest opponent each football season is cross-town rival A.M. Barbe High School.
“Anytime you play Barbe, no matter what year it is, they’re going to have a good team, they’re going to play hard and they’re always going to be big,” Powell said. “It’s always a fun game because you’re playing against the best from around here.”
On the baseball diamond, the future Tiger said Zachary is one of the toughest teams each year.
“They put out a bunch of talent,” Powell said. “We played them in the state championship a few years ago and that was a hell of a game. You know you’re going to play a good team when you play them.”
As far as professionals go, Powell said his favorite MLB team is the Atlanta Braves, and said New Orleans Saints are his favorite NFL team. He also predicted another good season for the Black and Gold.
“I think they’re going to be just fine,” Powell said. “They took care of business in the first week and if you’re playing behind Drew Brees you’re always going to do fine.”