Powell Ready to Announce Decision

Christian Powell, the three-star fullback from Upland (Calif.), spent the weekend on his official to UCLA. After taking all five officials, Powell has narrowed it down to two finalists...

Upland (Calif.) three-star fullback Christian Powell spent the weekend in Westwood for his official to UCLA.

"I had a great time," said Powell. "While I was there I had a chance to talk and meet with Coach (Jim) Mora. He is a really good guy. He was walking around the whole time trying to talk to and get to know everyone.

"I also had a chance to check out campus and we also got to go to the Rose Bowl, which was pretty cool."

The Bruins entered into the picture for Powell recently, after Mora hired Demetrice Martin from Washington. Martin was recruiting Powell while he was on board with the Huskies, but once Martin made the switch so did Powell.

"I received a phone call from Coach Martin after he took the job at UCLA. He said he had been telling Coach Mora about me. Then a couple days later, Martin called and gave me an offer."

Powell discussed his reaction after receiving the offer, "I was excited. It's a good opportunity for me."

In recent conversations with Coach Mora and Coach Martin, Powell found out where the Bruins envision him fitting into to their program.

"They don't have a fullback right now and they really need one," said Powell. "This is exciting, because it sounds like there is a huge opportunity for me to be able to make an impact right away, which is one of the reasons why UCLA is so high on my list."

Powell's trip to Westwood was his fifth and final official of the season. Now that all of his visits are completed Powell says he is ready to make a decision.

"The two schools I am deciding between are Colorado and UCLA," explained Powell. "And I am going to announce my decision this week."

Powell visited Colorado on December 9th and every since then the Buffs have been one of Powell's top contenders.

Powell discussed what he likes best about the Buffs' program.

"I would be apart of rebuilding their program. Also it would be a great opportunity to be coached by Eric Bieniemy, because he coaches you up to play in the NFL."

Powell explained what made the Bruins his other finalist.

"I like their new coaching staff and what they are trying to do. Also the strong education they provide, and the fact that it's not too far from home," said Powell.

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