4-star Richland OT tells CF.C he'll visit Washington State in April

WHEN IT COMES to offering players first, the Washington State coaches have shown they have no issue taking the leap. This is exactly the case with in-state hoss Dontae Powell, who received his crimson pledge as a sophomore. And the 6-6, 300-pounder is high on the Cougs and Pullman, where he’s ready to take another unofficial visit to next month, he tells Cougfan.com

Powell is no stranger to the Palouse or the Cougar program. The Richland product took an unofficial visit to WSU last spring and received his tender from the Cougar staff shortly after. He also tripped to Pullman this fall to catch the Oregon State game. 

“I actually went out there to catch a spring practice and I really enjoyed everything,” Powell told CF.C on Wednesday night. “They offered me while I was in Pullman for that visit.

“I’ve been speaking with them about every two weeks. I’m actually going back up to Washington State on April 2 for a junior day. I’m really looking forward to getting back up there.”

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Ranked four stars by Scout.com, Powell holds offers from WSU, Colorado State and Wyoming, who offered him earlier this week. He’s also receiving interest from Cal, UW, UCLA, Hawaii and others.

The Cougars have been reaching out to him the most, though, with offensive line coach Clay McGuire leading the charge. 

“Coach McGuire has been telling me a lot of great things about the program,” the 6-6, 300-pounder said. “He told me that he really likes how nasty and mean I am on the field. He said he fell in love with my game when he saw me on the field.”

Powell added that he also took note of the big-time improvements the Cougars made on the gridiron this season, going from 3-9 in 2014 to 9-4, with a Sun Bowl championship win in 2015.

“That right there shows me that they’re working hard,” Powell said. “It might weigh on my decision down the line. I like seeing that. 

“I think Pullman is a great town. It’s close to home and it actually might fit me pretty well. It felt like everyone knew each other. It’s one big family pretty much.”

The WSU target added that he has no favorites right now and is open to all the schools recruiting him. He’s not quite sure of when he’ll be making his decision, either.

“We’ll see about all of that,” he said. “I was hoping to decide by the end of my senior year, but it might be sooner. I’m basically hoping to find a great coaching staff. Academics will be big for me as well. I want to see how good the academics are.”

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