WSU visit strengthens Kameron Powell's verbal

HEADING INTO HIS VISIT to the Palouse over the weekend, four-star safety Kameron Powell was already a future Cougar. However, he had some questions on his mind. What was the campus like? What was the student educational support like at Wazzu? Those questions were answered and then some, he tells

The official visit over the weekend couldn’t have gone much better for Powell, he said.

“It went really well,” Powell said. “My mom and dad came with me and they really liked it. They’re just building up there. There’s a new staff, with a new vibe and new stadium. They’re starting fresh and things are looking great.”

And what did the weekend do to his commitment level?

“It definitely raised it,” Powell said. “I’m committed to them. As of right now I’m not taking any other visits.”

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS for Powell was having the opportunity to check out the WSU campus with teammates Tyler Hilinski and Josh Woods. Hilinski is also a Cougar commit, while Woods is a soft verbal to UCLA.

“It made it a whole lot easier for me,” Powell said. “I know Tyler loved it and Josh like it a lot too. We were all comfortable checking it out together.”

For Powell specifically, the energy on campus won him over.

“It was all just pretty cool,” Powell said. “It had a different vibe from USC or UCLA. I’ve been to those campuses for unofficial visits, UW too. Seeing Washington State was great. It’s like a family vibe over there where everyone knows each other.”

MEETING WITH HEAD MAN Mike Leach was also a great experience from the trip.

“He was just telling me that they’re building something special,” Powell said. “He wants me to be prepared to work hard when I get there, but not just focus on football. I need to focus on graduating. Speaking with him was great and I liked checking out the stadium.

“It was a shootout (against Cal) and the fans really brought a lot of energy. It helped the guys get going and play even better. I loved the new facilities too. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Powell is rated four stars and the No. 28 safety in the country by The Upland, Calif., product chose Washington State over offers from Washington, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and others.

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