California Stud Has Eye on U-M

With the season about to begin for most of California some new names are bound to pop up on the Michigan radar. One, from a Bay Area school very familiar to Michigan fans, has a highly regarded prospect who has expressed a keen interest in the Wolverines. Is the interest mutual?

Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. was the home of former Wolverine signal caller Tom Brady, now a two-time Super Bowl Champion quarterback with the New England Patriots. Serra is also the home of four-star defensive end prospect Will Powers. While Powers has reportedly been trimming his list of schools to those that have offered, including Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Cal, one school is avoiding the axe. "Michigan is the exception," Powers said. "My coach and I have had contact with them, we talked to Coach Ron English, and he said he wanted to see my first couple games and then evaluate me. An offer from Michigan would move them way up the list." He reports over a dozen offers.

The 6 foot 4, 230-pound Powers unofficially visited eight schools this summer: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Oregon. He also attended the Stanford Nike Camp and a USC camp over the summer. At the Stanford Nike camp he clocked a 4.56 sec. 40, a 4.63 sec. shuttle, a 32.1 inch vertical jump, and 20 bench press reps. ... he also reports a bench presses of 325 and a squat of close to 410.

Academics are a major factor for TheInsiders' No. 11 ranked player in the West (click here for TheInsiders' West Hot 100). He is as talented in the class room as he is on the field, with a 3.7 grade-point-average and a score of 1380 on the SAT. He is uncertain about a definite major but hopes to focus on something in the business field.

No official visits have been set up for the talented defensive player and he isn't quite sure if he'll take them all. "I'd like to get in at least three so I can see some of the schools," he said. "When those happen is uncertain, but if Michigan offers I'd have to seriously consider taking a visit back there." Powers said that he plays a combination of defensive end and outside linebacker, which is the position at most schools have him targeted. "I really don't care which position I play," he said.

Powers and the rest of the Padres begin the season this Friday against powerhouse Fresno Edison, the school of Michigan commitment Johnny Sears. GoBlueWolverine will be in attendance to bring you a game scouting report on both players, including photos.

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