Defensive Tackle Powe Picks LSU Tigers

The highly regarded defensive tackle from Missisisppi says he will sign with LSU, but is it his final choice?

San Antonio, Tex.--The nation's top-ranked defensive tackle prospect, Jerrell Powe of Wayne County High of Waynesville, Miss., announced on Saturday that he has committed to the LSU Tigers.

Powe made the announcement at the Army All-Star Game at the Alamodome, which features top high school senior prospects from around the country.

Powe was a frequent visitor to the Auburn campus in the last year to check out games on unofficial visits and to see his two former high school teammates, safety Steve Gandy and running back Mike McLaughlin, who were redshirted this past fall for the Tigers as freshmen. He says that he had been seriously considering AU up to this point and they're still in the picture even though he committed on national TV Saturday.

""It was a hard choice," Powe says. "Auburn and LSU were still neck-and-neck, but I like Coach Les Miles. They were high on my list at Oklahoma State. I was considering them. When they came to LSU and I got to talking to them, and LSU is a great team, this was just something I wanted to do on TV. I think I worked hard to get down here. I really wanted to set an example for my kids back at home. A lot of guys look up to me. I didn't have to do that. I'm not the type that likes all the attention. My whole school was watching this on a big screen.

"I like LSU, but it's just something I basically (did on TV). I was the first one from my school ever to be an All-American. That's basically how my decision was made. It's still subject to change on signing day. Auburn is still neck-and-neck and Ole Miss is slightly behind them. This is not my final choice. I just like LSU and I was actually doing what my mom said, that I should do it for the kids."

Powe chases down a quarteback during Saturday's U.S. Army All-Americn Bowl.

A 6-3, 322-pounder, Powe took his official visit to Auburn in December. In 12 games Powe he made 75 tackles, seven sacks and recovered two fumbles to earn All-Area and All-District honors for a third straight season. He says that he wants to take a closer look at Auburn and his other schools before his final decision.

"I have been around Auburn a lot, but I want to see how they really are," Powe says. "Anybody can show you a good time. It's like when you first meet somebody. I just can't go by that. I have to see how the relationship is between the players and how the coaches do. They might laugh in your face, but when you get there it's different. I want to see some one-on-one with some guys and say ‘tell me the truth. How do you like it? Do you think you made a bad decision?' That's how my decision is going to be made in February and I might withhold then."

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