RECRUITING: California DE might visit Norman

San Mateo, Calif. defensive end Will Powers talks about his summer plans and interest in Oklahoma.


Will Powers is one of those defensive ends that you project for the future. Sure, he is a great prep player, but when you look at his frame you realize he is going to be an even better college player.

Powers will be a three-year starter at defensive end and he doubled at offensive tackle a year ago, but will move to tight end and fullback this year. Powers always seems to be in his opponents' backfield coming up with 27 tackles for losses.

"There is definitely a combination defending the pass and the run," said Powers. "You have to contain against the run and you have to keep your edge even in pass rush, but when you are rushing the passer there is no better feeling than crashing down on that quarterback."

Powers can bench 300 pounds, squats 375 on a three rep max and he has a vertical of 36. Powers has attended camps at USC and in Oakland. Then he also went to the Stanford camp. Unofficially, he has visited Stanford, California, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and he is going to Nebraska later this summer.

"I thought Coach Mike Stoops has the right idea at Arizona," said Powers. "He has taken over a program that he feels can do much better than it currently is, and I think he is going to get the job done. I have an interest in Arizona, but I am still pretty open with my options and I am still considering everyone at this time."

Powers have been offered by Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Colorado, Washington and Washington State, and he is still considering them all.

"I am in the process of narrowing down my choices and that is why I am taking all of these unofficial visits," said Powers. "I am trying to figure out which schools fit me best and which programs are the best fit for me in terms of style of play and the depth chart. I hope to have my choices down to five by the time school starts, and then I will make my officials visits from there. I like Oklahoma a lot. They are a huge power football-wise. The atmosphere there is incredible and I am still researching their academics and what they have to offer there. They have a chance to get one of my five visits."

Powers says it is a 50/50 chance that he will leave the West Coast. Powers is qualified.

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