He may not be an International Man of Mystery, but it sure seems like the term hidden gem would apply to Tanner (Ala.) High star linebacker/running back Ryan Powers.
Although he has had an offer from the University of Arkansas since December, Powers just became known to most people on the Razorbacks recruiting radar this week.
Powers (6-1, 200, 4.4), who is one of seven prospects taking official visits to Fayetteville this weekend, is being looked at as a linebacker by the Razorbacks.
"He was such a big-time player for us on both sides of the ball," Tanner head coach LaRon White said earlier this week. "He has absolutely great speed, makes plays from sideline to sideline and just goes through people when he hits them. He announces he has arrived when he gets there."
Arkansas enters the weekend with 20 commitments with the verbal pledges of NEO defensive end Chris Wade (6-6, 255, 4.6) and Bainbridge (Ga.) offensive lineman Ray Dominguez (6-3, 265) on Thursday.
The other official visitors this weekend are:
• Duke Calhoun, WR, 6-4, 190, 4.4, Memphis Raliegh Egypt
• Kit Coleman, OL-DL, 6-2, 285, 4.8, Blytheville
• Jack Geiser, Deep Snapper, 6-2, 235, Dallas Jesuit Prep
• Matt Hewitt, S, 6-3, 205, 4.6, Alfred State (NY) CC
• Dan Kreamer, S, 6-2, 190, 4.5, Shreveport Evangel
• Andrew Norman, WR, 6-2, 190, 4.55, Springdale
• Ryan Powers, LB, 6-1, 200, 4.4, Tanner, Ala.
Powers, who had over 80 tackles despite missing three games this season, visited Southern Mississippi last weekend, also has an offer from Memphis while Alabama wants him to grayshirt and get a scholarship the following season.
But Powers, who got his home visit from UA head coach Houston Nutt last week, has his eyes firmly on Arkansas right now.
"I have every intention of coming up there and committing on Sunday," Powers said. "Arkansas is a big-time school, the SEC is the best conference in the country and I know Arkansas has some of the best facilities and one of the best weight rooms in the country. It has all I am looking for in a college."
Southern Miss would like to have Powers as a running back and that's the spot Alabama has been talking about as well.
"If I did go to Southern Miss, they think I could step in and play some for them at running back right away, but I just think the better situation for me is at Arkansas," Powers said. "I think they are going to win big in the next couple of years."
But he knows it would be linebacker at Arkansas and he's fine with that.
"Hey, I know they have got two All-American running backs already up there in Darren McFadden and (Felix) Jones," Powers said. "I love running the ball, but I also love linebacker and hitting people and I think I may be better off over at linebacker in college anyway."
Powers, who is also a track star for Tanner, talks about his strengths on defense.
"I got timed at 4.36 in the 40-yard dash at the Memphis camp last summer and I use that speed and I also get off blocks very well to get to the ball," Powers said. "I can cover the field pretty well from side to side and get to where I need to be to make plays."
Nutt won Powers and his family over during his home visit last week.
"He really impressed my mom and dad and I and went over just everything we could think of when you are talking about college," Powers said. "They feel very good about turning me over to him and I feel very good about getting a chance to play for a guy like that."
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