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6-foot-5, Newbury Park (Calif.) defensive end Jackson Powell has committed to Arizona after choosing the Wildcats over Oregon.

6-foot-5, Newbury Park (Calif.) defensive end Jackson Powell has committed to Arizona after choosing the Wildcats over Oregon.

Powell maintained throughout his recruitment that the UA was recruiting him the hardest and in October he took a visit to Arizona.

After the visit, he told National Recruiting Editor Allen Wallace, "It's somewhat similar to high school, but a lot more fast paced. It was fun hanging with the players and being like a college kid for a weekend."

At the time, his recruitment was between the UA and Washington and he was in attendance when the Wildcats easily won the game.

The trip was really nice," he told Wallace. "I liked how the game was and how well Arizona played. They are really getting better and better."

However, Oregon started to enter the picture and the Wildcats got their first legitimate competition of Powell's recruitment.

Powell told West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman, "I don't think they offered me officially, but they told me they'd take me if I wanted to commit. I'm definitely still very interested in them."

Powell's recruitment never came to that, however, as he decided to commit to Arizona. Make no mistake about it, Oregon and other Pac-10 schools wanted him.

However, his relationship with coach David Nichol proved to be too much and Arizona has now added to its 2009 recruiting class.

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