Powers Gets Much Attention

The 6-4, 220-pound defensive end from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra, <b>Will Powers</b>, has around a dozen scholarships offers, and all the attention has his head spinning a bit, but he says he'll narrow down his list soon...

Possibly the top defensive lineman in California for the Class of 2005, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Will Powers (6-4, 221), has around a dozen offers, and expects more in the next coming months.

One of the best true student-athletes in the senior class, Powers has offers from Oklahoma, Stanford, California, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Colorado and Washington.

In addition are more verbal offers, which he expects to lead to written offers.

"I have no favorites at the time. I'm pretty wide open right now," said Powers.

Powers hopes to begin narrowing the field in the next month, believing he'll have a clearer idea of the schools recruiting him. "I am trying to get at least down to five by the end of June, " Powers said. "Then I'm hoping by the start of the season I will have it down to three, and then I will take my trips when the season is done and decide."

Powers is being recruited by UCLA assistant coach Jon Embree, since Embree is responsible for the Northern California region, but he talks with Head Coach Karl Dorrell often.

"The whole recruiting process has been pretty cool," said Powers. "There's no real pressure coming from the staffs right now to decide. I mean, obviously they have to put some pressure on me about their school, but there hasn't been pressure that if I don't commit right now, they'll pull my scholarship offer."

Powers had an outstanding performance at the recent Stanford Nike Camp, and hopes it's a preview of things to come during his senior year. He recorded a 4.56 40, did 20 reps on the bench, jumped 32.6 in the vertical and had a 4.5 shuttle time. And he was more pleased with his efforts in the one-on-one drills.

As a junior, he spent much of the time as a defensive tackle, both stopping the run, and rushing the passer, but his senior year he will focus solely on defensive end. "I expect to get after the quarterback more this year," Powers said.

In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Powers classroom efforts have been top-notch as well. He has a 3.99 GPA and on his first shot at the SAT, he scored a 1380, easily qualifying him for the NCAA and UCLA admissions.


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