Powe shocks everyone with LSU commitment

Jerrell Powe shocked the country and the entire LSU nation when he committed to the Tigers in front of a nationally televised audience at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

Powe (6-3, 322, 5.0) is ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country and is a dominating presence in the middle.

Auburn was believed to be the team to beat for the five-star player from Waynesboro (Miss.) Wayne County so what made him pull the shocker?

"I've been liking LSU for a while," Powe told Tiger Rag. "I like coach (Les) Miles and coach (Larry) Porter. After sitting down and talking with them guys I pretty much decided on LSU. LSU never gave up on me when Auburn they thought they had me and I‘m comfortable with my decision."

Soon after Miles was announced as LSU's new coach he contacted Powe to gauge his interest on the Tigers. The two built a good relationship from Miles' days at Oklahoma State but his chances of landing the mammoth lineman increased dramatically once he got to Baton Rouge.

Powe will head to Ole Miss Jan. 21 for his official visit and then he will take his official to LSU the last weekend in January. He has been to Baton Rouge several times on unofficial visits but he has an agenda laid out for when he makes that final recruiting trip before National Signing Day.

"I'm looking forward to going and getting to know more about the school and the program," he said. "I want to sit down and talk with the players and see what they have to say. I also want to get to know the coaches better and that will be a perfect time."

Academics have been an issue for Powe but he claims he is within reach of qualifying so he will not have to go the junior college route.

"I'm pretty close," he said. "I have the GPA and I need three points on my test score."

Some believe that Powe's commitment is not on solid ground and that he will ultimately sign with Auburn.

Tiger Rag asked him what the chances were of him wavering on his pledge and signing with the War Eagles and he replied, "I don't even want to talk about that. I'm an LSU Tiger and I'm excited to be one."

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