Defensive Back Recruit 'Powers' Over Competition

One of Alabama's top seniors talks about his recruitment and a busy summer schedule.

Decatur, Ala.--The cornerback position is one of the most important and sought-after in the recruiting process each year and this season is no different. A player that is already seeing that phenomenon in action is Jerraud Powers from Decatur High.

Despite being just 5-9, 170 with 4.55 speed in the 40-yard dash, Powers has shown good coverage skills and a hard-nosed defensive attitude. That is all that several schools needed to see, including the two big in-state universities.

"So far my offers are from Auburn and Alabama," Powers tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have talked with Louisville and they said they are going to offer. It's very exciting to have those two because those are two traditional schools that are good. All of your friends and family cheer for one or the other so it makes it a pretty good thing."

Jerraud Powers

Not a fan of either Auburn or Alabama growing up, but a self-described "fan of the underdog," Powers says that he doesn't favor either team at the moment. A visitor to Auburn earlier in the week for a football camp, he says there are plenty of things to like about the Tigers at the moment.

"The first thing I liked was the coaches," Powers says. "They are straight-forward with me. They were being themselves and just showing me around everywhere. The campus is amazing. I met some of the players and they are great. There's just a bunch of good people at Auburn."

In addition to his time at Auburn, Powers will also makes trips to several schools in the SEC this summer. He says that the experience is one that is good for him in his quest to learn as much technique as possible before his senior season.

"I have already attended the Ole Miss junior and senior camp (where he was timed at a 4.46) and the next day I went to Auburn," Powers says. "In about a week or two I'm going to either Vanderbilt or Alabama. I can't remember which one it was, but I'm going to both of their senior camps. I'll probably go to one or two more just to get more reps in.

"It's very important because coaches have just heard about you or watched you on film," Powers adds. "They get to see you in person and that's why you should go to several camps. It gives coaches a chance to see you and get to know you and build a better relationship."

A three-year starter, Powers made 48 tackles as a junior and also intercepted four passes from his cornerback position. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, Powers also ran a leg on the 4x100 meter relay team and was the starting point guard on the basketball team. He averaged 13 points and four assists as a junior.

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