JC linebacker Powdrell likes USC

Saddleback College middle linebacker Ryan Powdrell is expected to be one of the top JC players in the country this year and he has major interest in the Trojans. His name is familiar to Southern California prep fans after helping lead Mission Viejo to an undefeated season and #3 state ranking in 2001. Click below for more details:

Ryan measured 5-11.5, 251 at a recent JC combine and he brings impressive speed (4.65) and strength (21 reps of 225 at combine). He's expected to be highly recruited after a freshman season that saw him notch 106 tackles with four interceptions, including two in his first game. Ryan was also named MVP of the Strawberry Bowl when Saddleback defeated Cerritos 35-28 in overtime as he had 14 tackles, including three for loss.

Powdrell played in high school with current Trojans Billy Hart, Collin Ashton and Drew Radovich and he's been coming to USC games for years.

"I used to go up to the SC games and go to the tailgate parties afterwards. It was great to go in the locker room and meet all the players. To see the crowd and players getting all pumped up was kind of overwhelming. That's where I want to be."

Ryan originally signed with Fresno State out of high school but did not qualify. At Mission Viejo he was known as a punishing linebacker as well as a formidable blocker who led the way for a ground attack that featured two-time 2,000 yard rusher Robbie Dubois. His coach at Mission Viejo was Bob Johnson, father of former USC quarterback Rob. Ryan has the ability to star on either side of the ball but it's clear he will be a linebacker in the future and he likes the style of play for the Trojan linebackers right now.

"Their linebackers are fast, they fly around and make plays. That's what interested me the most. I used to watch Zeke Moreno and Chris Claiborne when I was younger and I always pictured myself in that uniform."

Ryan recently dropped off a highlight tape to the USC coaches and discussed the recruiting process.

"I went up there to get them a tape and we talked for a while and then I went to watch some of the players workout in the weight room. I talked with Nick Holt, Lane Kiffin, all the coaches really. They just told me to stay in shape and that my day will come. USC has always been one of my top choices and when they finally called me it was great. Right now I would say my main schools of interest are USC, Oregon and LSU."

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