Powe Enjoys Visit To The Plains

The nation's top defensive tackle talks about his visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--Jerrell Powe, one of the top defensive lineman prospects in the country and a frequent visitor to Auburn, says that he had fun during his official visit to the Plains but it was everything he's seen before.

"It went well and I enjoyed myself," the 6-3, 322-pound defensive tackle says. "I had a good time. On a one to 10 I'd give it an eight. There really wasn't anything I didn't like, but it just didn't live up to a 10. But I really did enjoy myself and I really like this place."

Jerrell Powe

Powe's player host for the visit was former high school teammate and current Auburn safety Steve Gandy. Auburn fullback Mike McLaughlin also played high school football with him at Wayne County High in Waynesboro, Miss. Having visited Auburn unofficially a dozen times or more over the last year, Powe was already familiar with many other Auburn players and says he was able to spend time this weekend with some of his buddies.

"I hung out with Duck (Tim Duckworth), Ronnie (Brown), Cadillac (Carnell Williams), JaCam (Jason Campbell) and Kevis (Burnam)," he says. "A lot of the guys came by and showed me a little love."

Although he camped at Auburn and has watched some of the off season workouts, Powe says that Saturday's practice as the Tigers get ready for Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl showed him something new. "This was the first team practice I've been to," he says. "I liked it. It was fast paced--get everything done and get out of there."

As a player that will be on the edge as far as qualifying, Powe was able to check out the new academic center recently built next to the athletic complex. He says he learned a lot about what the university has to offer away from the football field.

Powe will get a chance to see how he stacks up against the rest of the nation's top recruits in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas, a game he says he's really looking forward to.

"It's a good honor," he says. "I never thought it'd get that big. I'm looking forward to going out there and showcasing my talent and getting to meet a lot of the guys from around the country and seeing what they have to offer. I will announce my commitment Jan. 15 at the All-American game."

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