By Phil Anastasia
Jake Powell said he was "waiting" for an offer from the University of Delaware.
The rising Cherokee senior got that offer in late July. Then he spent this past Saturday on the sideline of a Blue Hens' scrimmage.
On Sunday, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Powell commited to attend Delaware on a football scholarship.
"It's a relief," Powell said Tuesday. "It was stressful for a while. It's such a big decision. You're basically deciding where you want to spend the next four years."
Powell, who also is a standout baseball and basketball player at Cherokee, also had football offers from William and Mary, Bucknell, Buffalo, Colgate and Lafayette.
He said he was enamored with William and Mary but decided on Delaware because of its proximity and strong academic reputation and football tradition.
It also helped that his older brother, Tyler, will be a senior baseball player at Delaware during Jake's freshman year.
Powell said he attended a Delaware camp July 27. He said the coaches called with an offer a couple of days later.
He was impressed with the "atmosphere" around the program while spending some time on the sideline during a scrimmage on Saturday.
"I was talking to a lot of the guys (players) and they were telling me what a great school and program it is," Powell said. "It seemed like a great place for me."
Powell caught 35 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns last season for Cherokee.
He said he plans to major in business.
Powell said he was excited to have his college decision behind him so he can focus on his senior season at Cherokee.
The Chiefs missed the post-season tournament during Powell's sophomore and junior seasons but loom as a favorite in the WJFL American Division and South Jersey Group 5 because of a talented and motivated senior class.
"The past two years we really didn't have that good of seasons," Powell said. "We're very motivated as seniors to go out strong and win a championship."
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