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Commitment 101: Texas adds four-star potential in Odessa Permian athlete Peyton Powell

Posted October 23rd, 2018

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Odessa Permian athlete Peyton Powell became Texas’ 19th commitment in the 2019 class on Tuesday when he publicly pledged to the Longhorns over Oklahoma, Ohio State and TCU. The 6-foot-2, 182-pound four-star starts at quarterback for his high school and expressed a want to play that position in college. His combination of 4.45 speed and height means he could also transition to wide receiver or defensive back.

Skill set: Powell is a tremendous athlete. He ran a verified 4.45-second 40-yard dash at The Opening regional in Dallas. He also posted a 4.25 shuttle and a 37.6 inch vertical. He played at Midland Christian prior to his senior season. Permian is currently 5-2 and undefeated in district under the direction of Powell. He possesses the skills to compete at quarterback in the right system. He’s no less a quarterback prospect than Greg Ward Jr. was coming out of John Tyler High School and he did great under Herman at Houston. Powell is more advanced as a runner than a passer and he’d need at least two years to truly learn the position.

Wide receiver is also an option. He’s long and clearly comfortable with the ball in his hands. Powell would be the tallest wide receiver committed to the Longhorns, and it might be easier to find playing time at wide receiver than quarterback. Safety is also a possibility because of his size and speed. Herman and his staff will figure out his permanent position later. Powell gives Texas another elite athlete at its disposal in the years to come.

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Immediate impact: The answer to how quickly Powell potentially sees playing time likely depends on his future position. He won’t play in 2019 at quarterback with Sam Ehlinger entrenched as the starter and freshmen Cam Rising and Casey Thompson impressing the program behind the scenes. Powell would also need to beat out fellow 2019 quarterback commit Roschon Johnson.

He’ll also need time to adjust to wide receiver or the secondary if he chooses to give up his hopes of playing quarterback. It’s hard to find snaps as a true freshman at wide receiver with the complexity of modern offenses, and it isn’t as easy to play safety as a true freshman as Caden Sterns and BJ Foster are making it currently appear. Powell is clearly one of the most physically talented players in the class. It’s just not clear what his route as a player will be in the coming years.

Permian Panthers’ quarterback Peyton Powell (25) runs for a large gain after escaping a tackle during the first quarter against the DeSoto Eagles on Aug. 31 at Ratliff Stadium. (JACOB FORD|ODESSA AMERICAN)

Fitting into the program: Texas will always win its share of recruiting battles in the Houston-area and out of state. The Longhorns must sign a few top targets from DFW and West Texas each cycle to remain the dominant force in the Lone Star State. Powell is a player with offers from major national programs and Texas came in relatively late to win him over and close the deal after an official visit. Texas signed Reese Moore from Seminole High School in the 2018 class.  

Recruiting at the position: It’s hard to project this without knowing exactly what position he’ll eventually play at Texas. The safe bet is wide receiver and that would make him the fourth commitment at the position in the current cycle with Texas expecting to gain a pledge from four-star wide receiver Marcus Washington on Friday. The Longhorns also want five-star athlete Bru McCoy, who also projects to wide receiver.

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge5May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Demariyon Houston WRMillwood (Okla.)4July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Peyton PowellATHOdessa Permian4Oct. 23
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26

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