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OU makes move for fast-rising juco OT Ben Powers

The Sooners are making a move for fast-rising juco OT Ben Powers

Stop if you’ve heard this one before. A high school recruit from the state of Kansas who generated zero buzz during that time and had to go to junior college to make his mark.

He spends one year at Butler (Kan.) Community College and offers start pouring in before selecting Oklahoma in the end.

Heard this story last year with Quinn Mittermeier and history could most definitely repeat itself with Ben Powers.

Powers, a 6-foot-5 prospect, has only been in contact with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh for less than two weeks, but he left his official visit last weekend at OU with his fourth offer in a two-week span.

“I expected it to come this weekend,” Powers said.

That might sound a little arrogant, but Powers is far from that. A Kansas State offer put him on the map, but it was a TCU offer last week where Powers realized things could get crazy in a hurry. Despite a fantastic visit to OU, Powers is set to see the Horned Frogs this weekend vs. Baylor.

Powers doesn’t hesitate to say he was a bit frustrated about this process, knowing he had the ability but just wasn’t being given the opportunity. That’s long in the past now as Powers said he understands full well his hard work is paying off since his name is getting out.

Powers didn’t know what to expect from his first trip to Norman, but it definitely surpassed what he thought he would see.

“Just being around the players and getting to meet the staff,” said Powers about his favorite part of the visit. “Coach (Bob) Stoops was around us so much and you could see how much he cared.”

Powers visited with his father and uncle, who also came away very impressed with Norman and the visit. However, there was never a second where Powers was ready to commit. It simply wasn’t going to happen on the visit.

“That wasn’t going to happen,” Powers said. “I wasn’t going to have it happen like that.”

The good news is Powers had no problem saying OU is his leader right now. And it didn’t hurt OU’s cause to have Mittermeier as Powers’ host. Mittermeier is from Topeka, while Powers is from Wichita and Mittermeier was once in the same exact position.

“He told me if you want to come to a place with tradition and wins, OU is the right place,” Powers said. “He told me if you want to go to a place where you get coached right, this is the right place.

“It does mean a lot coming from a player. Not saying you can’t trust coaches, but it means something more when it’s from a player.”

Powers is a mid-year guy so he has less than a month to figure things out. The OU visit is done. The TCU visit is this weekend. Everything else is a mystery. He said he’s open toward any new schools that come into the picture, but he could probably do OK with the schools he has now.

“I’m looking for the place where I can fit in and feel the connecting with the coaching staff,” Powers said. “I was just so impressed with the OU staff and the fans. It was a great trip.”

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