BREAKING: Leach wins Pac-12 recruiting battle

KAMERON POWELL, rated four stars and the No. 25 safety nationally, told Cougfan.com just yesterday that if he had to choose right now, he'd go to the same school his Upland High teammate and QB Tyler Hilinski is headed to - Washington State. As it turned out, there was no time like the present. "I just committed to Washington State," Powell told CF.C moments ago.

Kameron Powell (5-10, 180) chose the Cougs over offers from Washington, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah and others.

"I haven't taken a visit yet but I've been feeling a lot of love from (Washington State) and each position coach," said Powell.

Good friend Tyler Hilinski having pledged Wazzu a couple weeks ago was another key piece to the puzzle.

"That just made it easier," said Powell. "Tyler's been bugging me (laughs) so I let him know, he was the first one I let know."

Powell called area recruiter Ken Wilson to give him the good news.

"I just felt like it was a family there -- and I want to join their family and go play some football... Coach Wilson was really happy," said Powell.

POWELL IS HIGHLY thought of as a safety prospect, but he also has great hips and versatility in his game.

"WSU just liked the way I play, that I can play different positions and that I'm versatile in that way... free safety, strong safety, corner and nickel, I can play all four positions," said Powell.

From this chair and in looking at his tape, Powell just has that knack for making plays. He's physical, athletic, a sure tackler and solid in coverage -- everything you'd want in a good DB.

POWELL SAID HE planned on visiting WSU this summer, likely in late July when the Upland football team has a three-week dead period from football activities.

With Powell and Hilinski on board, and with Upland linebacker Josh Woods having recently received a WSU offer, it could be a large contingent making the unofficial visit out to the Palouse.

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QUOTABLE:
"Very tough, physical, hard nosed kid who plays with a chip and major edge. He'll take your head off and won't think twice about it on the field."
-Greg Biggins, Scout.com National Analyst

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