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Ohio 2022 LB Mani Powell Latest Prospect to Earn Offer From WVU Camp



The West Virginia prospect camps this month have been very beneficial to players as the Mountaineer coaching staff has extended a number of scholarships to participants.

Just this past weekend, 2023 lineman Evan Tengesdahl, 2023 quarterback Grayson Loftis, 2023 running back Cole Cabana, 2024 lineman Brandon Davis-Swain and 2024 lineman Fletcher Westphal, all had impressive performances and earned offers.

2022 3-star middle linebacker Mani Powell attended the first WVU prospect camp at the beginning of the month and learned today that he too earned an offer from West Virginia.

Courtesy Mani Powell

Powell (6’2”, 225 pounds) is from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio and holds offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Indiana, Coastal Carolina, Kentucky, Liberty, Marshall, Missouri, Ole Miss and Syracuse.

”The first of June, I was able to attend the West Virginia camp and I left there feeling really good about how I did,” Powell told West Virginia Sports Now. “They told me then that they were going to stay in touch and they did that and today they let me know that I had an offer.

”They told me that I checked all the boxes that they were looking for after the workout and it was just a matter of checking out all the linebackers at different camps before offering. They hosted a lot of other camps and were keeping their eyes open but believed I was the best that they saw perform.”

It was his mission to earn an offer when arriving in Morgantown and Powell says it was gratifying to have accomplished that goal.

Courtesy Mani Powell

Powell is a multi-sport athlete and he believes that has allowed him to improve as a middle linebacker.

”I believe that wrestling has helped me as a player,” said Powell. “It’s helped me to stay low at the point of contact and has helped me become a more physical player. I’m also told by coaches that they like how fast I play and the effort I show on the field.”

Powell has made official visits Arkansas and Indiana and will be at Syracuse this coming weekend. Despite offering in June, Powell says West Virginia hasn’t gotten involved too late and all his options are still open.

“I’m still in the process of breaking every school down and seeing where the best opportunity is for me. I would say that the other schools that had already offered may be a little ahead just because they’ve gotten to know me but really, anything can still happen. I still have time to get to West Virginia before my season starts, which is a plus. If that happens, I’d still be able to breakdown West Virginia. They didn’t come too late, the other teams just got a head start.”

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