GREENVILLE — It was always a dream for Greenville High School graduate Jordan Powell to play college football.
This past spring his dream became a reality when he signed to play at Adrian College (southwest of Ann Arbor).
“It was always my goal to play college football,” Powell said. “Every game going on the field I was always thinking about playing at the next level. I wanted to go out there and play the best game I could.”
I was looking at colleges and talking with coach (Dave) Moore and he recommended Albion, Adrian and a couple of other similar schools,” Powell said. “Albion was the first to talk with me and I was ready to go there until a phone call from Adrian.”
A visit to Adrian is all it took for Powell to change his mind.
“Coach (Tyler) Haines called and wanted me to come by and take a visit,” Powell said. “I went down there and visited and just fell in love with the school. That happened this spring close to graduation time.”
The team chemistry and commitment to academics really attracted Powell to Adrian.
“I went there and I got to hang out with the team and there was a lot of team chemistry,” Powell said. “It was a real tight knit family.
“The school itself was all centrally located and I liked that. The class sizes are really small. As a freshman you are put on probation to make sure you are really hammering on the homework. I really like that too,” he added.
Powell plans to major in criminal justice with a minor in biology.
Despite not signing until late in the spring Powell never gave up hope he would move to the next level.
“I was hoping things would happen,” he said. “I was trying to keep the negative thoughts out of my mind.”
Powell, who also played baseball for three years, played fullback for the Yellow Jackets. He is expected to be a slot receiver at Adrian.
“They are changing me around and looking at me as a slot receiver,” Powell said. “It’s different, but I’m excited. I have confidence in my ability to catch the ball and run routes. I have to practice and get better.”
At Greenville, Powell ran the ball, blocked a lot and caught some passes out of the backfield.
“He was our fullback all year. He was a good kid and played hard,” Greenville coach Dave Moore said. “He did a good job for us and ran the ball really well. He blocked a lot and was very unselfish in what he did.”
Powell has spent the last several weeks preparing for the upcoming season.
“I’ve been running and lifting everyday,” Powell said. “I have my workout schedule from my coach and have been doing that all summer long,”
Powell will be taking with him all the things learned from the Greenville coaching staff.
“Everything the coaches always hammered in my head about working hard and not giving up,” Powell said. “The things they have taught me position wise I will use and take that to the next level. I won’t forget a moment of high school football and I’m glad I had the opportunity to play.”
Powell’s first practice with Adrian will take place August 8.