The last time we checked in with San Mateo (Calif.) defensive end recruit Will Powers, he had offers from Stanford, California, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon, Notre Dame and Nebraska. The 6'4" Peninsula pass rusher was headed to USC's one-day lineman camp and the chance for a ninth scholarship. As we reach the mid-point of the May evaluation period, Powers has picked up two more offers, though neither came from the Trojans.
"The camp went well but they said they were not yet ready to make an offer," the Serra High School standout reports. "I basically will concentrate on the other schools who have offered me. I have all these other great schools who are committed to me, and I don't need to get hung up on anybody else."
The pair of new offers came from Washington and Colorado. That brings Powers' list to 10, which presumably would add to his travel plans. He said in April, and still maintains today, that he cannot winnow his lengthy list unless and until he fairly evaluates each school with a visit. The San Mateo defender has already seen the three in-state schools on his list, as well as the two from cactus country. If your math is not too rusty, you can figure that would leave the junior recruit with five more trips to take... unless he has other plans.
"I still have the three visits [to Oregon, Notre Dame and Nebraska] in June, though I don't have the dates all worked out yet," Powers proclaims. "I don't think I will visit Washington and Colorado. I just can't visit every single school that offers."
While he does not make an obvious declaration, this seemingly outlines the eight schools from which Powers will make a college decision. If the Huskies and Buffs could not make a compelling enough case to earn a visit before his early-summer trimming, that is a telling sign. Stanford of course is a local option that will likely stay in this race for some time, but he is not yet ready to make any public statements of love for the Cardinal.
"I actually just got their [admissions] application," he says on the subject of Stanford. "I will go through that and see what happens from there."
Translation: "I don't need to declare any emotional investment in Stanford before I find out if I can be admitted to the school."
That's a fair and common stance for a recruit to take, but I will be a little surprised if six weeks from now he is still in the same situation. With a 3.6 GPA and a 1380 SAT, Powers carries a powerful academic profile that bodes will for his admissions prospects. He will also take his third unofficial visit of the spring to The Farm when he makes the short drive down Highway 101 next weekend. Powers will take part in the Nike Camp held on the Cardinal campus on Saturday, and he then expects to attend Stanford's Junior Day on Sunday.
Spring is about more than recruiting for preps like Powers, of course. This is also the time to rekindle their gridiron greatness as they prepare for the coming season. The Padres spent four days this past week across the Bay at Skyline High School in Oakland at a camp backed by the NFL, and it served well to shake off the cobwebs of the off-season for Powers and his teammates. They start this spring football next week.
"Up until now, we've just been lifting and running. It felt good to get back in pads," the 2003 All-County selection describes. "I just feel better out on the field - nothing really specific. I just all around feel better. My pass rush is better, and all the stuff I learned last year - that's all there now already."
This weekend will be a big one for Will Powers, as he measures himself against the best players from the state and many from all over the nation, and as he sizes up Stanford with his most organized and in-depth visit yet. We will continue to keep tabs on the NorCal defensive end and bring you all his latest.
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