Powe is rich in talent

A massive defensive tackle who once appeared headed for Auburn seems to be playing the field again.

Jerrell Powe is a 6-3, 322-pound defensive tackle prospect from Wayne County High of Waynesboro, Miss. He covers 40 yards in 5.0 seconds and also plays baseball and basketball. He recorded 71 tackles as a junior last fall, including 14 sacks.

Rated No. 31 on The Insiders' Southern Hot 100, he no longer lists Auburn as his principle leader.

''I'm not ready to name any favorites right now,'' he told Ryan Jordan of TheInsiders.com. ''I'm looking at every school who has offered me and I'm just going take some time.''

Powe can afford to take his time because he already has a long list of scholarship offers.

''I have offers from LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Memphis, West Virginia and Nebraska,'' he said.

The in-state schools may have geography on their side but they haven't won any titles ... and that's a big deal for Powe.

''I want to go somewhere I can win Championships,'' he said, ''and that has good leadership from the top on down.''

A versatile prospect, Powe is equally adept as a pass rusher and run stuffer. He might even wind up on the offensive line in college.

''I can push rush and stuff the run equally well,'' he said. ''I can play either OL or DL also. That doesn't matter to me.''

Powe lists his brench press at 340 pounds and his best in the squat at 530. He hopes to hit some camps this summer, with Auburn, Miami and Nebraska being high on his list.

Tennessee could be a player in the Powe Sweepstakes. The Vols have enjoyed tremendous success with D-linemen from the Magnolia State in recent years -- the notables including Billy Ratliff (Magnolia), Will Overstreet (Jackson), Parys Haralson (Flora) and Xavier Mitchell (Long Beach).


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