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This outstanding prospect has looked great on film and he says he's open to all Big Ten schools at this time.

Jake Powers, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound, linebacker, fullback from Danville, Indiana will be a prospect to watch in 2002. Powers will be a four-year varsity starter in 2002. On a team that uses a two-platoon system, Powers is talented enough to start on both sides of the ball.

"I don't have an offer yet." Powers said. "Most schools are recruiting me as a linebacker and I think everyone is waiting to see senior film before they decide on offering a scholarship.

"I played a lot of defensive end last year, so the college coaches didn't have much to go on during the May Evaluation period.

"My favorites are Boston College, Virginia, Penn State, Ohio State and Purdue. I'm basically wide open, I'd look at any school in the Big Ten right now."

Powers rushed for 714 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2001. He had 111 solo tackles and four fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the ball.

COACHES COMMENTS ON JAKE POWERS

Bob Copeland has spent 13 seasons as football coach at Danville (Ind.) Community High School and he's never had two better football prospects than what he'll have in 2002.

"My first prospect is linebacker Jake Powers." Copeland said. "Jake is 6-foot-3, 210-pounds and he runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. We're a two platoon system but Jake starts on both sides of the ball for us lining up at fullback on offense.

"Jake will be a four-year starter for us and that's an incredible feat in itself. It's not like we're a bad team. Our record the past three seasons is 37-4. To be able to start four-years in a row in a program like ours is special.

"The #1 thing college coaches say about Jake is that he's passionate and he has a real love for the game and I think they are right. Jake is very outgoing, he doesn't have a bad practice and he keeps his teammates up all the time.

"We've had several coaches come through during the May evaluation period and say Jake could start on special teams for them because you know he'll go down the field and hit somebody.

"I feel that Indiana and Purdue are close to offering Jake a scholarship and then the others will fall in line.


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