Powers Makes His Decision

Alabama's top cornerback, Jerraud Powers, makes his decision between Auburn and Alabama.

Gulf Shores, Ala.—-Standout defensive back Jerraud Powers from Decatur High said earlier on Sunday that he hoped to make a decision later in the day or sometime Monday morning after taking an official visit to see Coach Tommy Tuberville's program over the weekend. Sunday night he accomplished his goal as he says that he chose Auburn over Alabama and will be spending the next four or five years on the Plains.

"I'm going to Auburn," Powers tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I knew I would get a good education at both Alabama and Auburn and I knew that playing time was pretty equal at both. I couldn't go wrong with either one really. I just sat down and thought where I fit the most with the players and where I was most comfortable. I got my mom's advice, she was impressed with Alabama too, but she thought Auburn would take care of me better. After she said that I was just sort of comfortable with Auburn."

Jerraud Powers

A strong believer in family and saying that his high school team is very close, Powers says that seeing up close what Auburn has going right now was a big reason why he chose to become a Tiger. For the Class 6A Back of the Year finalist, it's all about family.

"I like the family part because at my high school now that's like a big thing we based on our football team, being a family like brothers. To see that at Auburn was a big factor. I was impressed with that."

A regular visitor to Auburn for camps and to games, Powers had a chance to see and meet the coaches and some of the current players on the roster before his visit over the weekend. The one difference was this time Powers had the opportunity to watch Auburn practice, a luxury that might have been the final vote in Auburn's favor.

"It was a big part of my decision," Powers says. "I enjoyed practice a lot. It was a key part of the whole trip."

Now the 5-9, 175 cornerback with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash can turn his attention to being a normal high school student once again. This week the Raiders are in Gulf Shores for a holiday basketball tournament. Powers left straight from Auburn and drove to be with the team Sunday afternoon in time for the first game on Monday against Nease High out of Florida. He says that he's relieved to be done with the decision and looks forward to being a Tiger.

"I'm glad it's over," Powers says. "It's like a load has been taken off my back now. It feels good."

As a junior Powers had four interceptions and 40+ tackles. This season teams threw away from him, but he still managed to be a weapon on defense and took one side of the field away from the opposing offense.

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