RECRUITING: Mississippi manchild to visit OU?

Waynesboro, Miss. defensive tackle Jerrell Powe update.

JERRELL POWE, DT, 6'3, 349, 4.9, WAYNESBORO (WAYNE COUNTY HS), MISSISSIPPI:

Talk about a franchise. Jerrell Powe is ranked as the third-best defensive tackle in prep football, and yet most coaches feel he has not even reached the tip of his potential.

"I hope that is correct," said Powe. "I want to produce on the next level and the next level after that. I hope I get a lot better because I am not ready right now."

Powe is a three-year starter at nose tackle as well, as tight end on offense in the red zone. This past season Lowe finished with 74 tackles, 14 sacks, two fumble recoveries and he earned first team All-State status.

"This year I was a marked man I guess because every team tried to cut me a lot," said Powe. "I just tried to maintain focus each game because it was really frustrating some of the tactics teams would use to try to block me. I was never blocked with just one man all year, but that just freed up other players on our defense."

Wayne County is 12-0 on the season and ranked number two in the state.

"We are in the third round of the playoffs and this Friday will be our toughest test," said Power. "I think we have a great chance to win state."

Powe can bench 355 pounds, squats 555 he has posted a 24-inch vertical jump. This past summer Powe went to the Auburn senior camp and was the best defensive linemen in the camp. Powe played basketball the last three years, but will give it up this year because of recruiting and off season football. Powe has not visited any schools officially, but he has set visits with Texas A&M (12-11), Auburn (12-17) and Ole Miss (1-21). Powe is also considering Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

"I don't have a favorite at this time," said Powe. "I want to go somewhere where I can have a good relationship with the coaches and players. I also want to go somewhere where I can win championships."

Oklahoma has managed to get into the recruiting picture late and the Sooners are trying to make a late run.

"I have just started talking to Oklahoma, so I don't know much about them," said Powe. "I am not sure if I will visit them or not. Oklahoma State has been recruiting me a little longer, but I am not sure if I am going to visit them either. I may just visit these three schools and that is it."

Powe says he is not locked in on staying down South.


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