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Gut feeling leads 4-star Richland OT Dontae Powell to WSU verbal

IT WASN’T PLANNED going into his unofficial visit to Washington State. Richland offensive tackle Dontae Powell had no idea he was going to make a life-changing decision. However, the newest Cougar commit told Cougfan.com that while he was out on the Palouse, there was one thing in particular that made him realize he wanted to play for WSU

Powell stood inside of Mike Leach’s office on Saturday afternoon.

There, he was with head man Mike Leach and offensive line coach Clay McGuire. Moments later, it happened.

“I just got that gut feeling,” Powell said. “When I was at practice and checking everything out, I just felt like part of the family already. I felt like I was ready to commit."

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Powell, a 6-6, 300-pounder out of Richland, gave the WSU coaches his verbal over offers from Wyoming and Colorado State. He was also receiving interest from Washington, UCLA, Oregon and others.

Recently, Powell had said that he was going to take his time with his recruitment and keep his options open. That obviously changed over the weekend.

“I just knew,” the WSU commit said. “I had no idea I was going to do this (commit) until I was there. When I committed, Coach Leach and Coach McGuire couldn’t stop smiling. Coach Leach seemed speechless. I was very happy and filled with emotion.

“WSU is close to home and they have the program I want to study in college. Overall, it’s a perfect fit for me and I feel like I’m a perfect fit for them.”


The Cougs are recruiting Powell for the outside, with the idea of lining him out at left tackle he said. There, down the road, he’ll be protecting the blindside of WSU quarterbacks. This includes fellow Saturday commit Connor Neville, whom he met at WSU during the Jr. Day event.

“You know, I didn’t even know Connor before I got up to WSU,” Powell said. “We got together during our trip, talked and built a relationship. I’ll be guarding for him. Blindside all the way.”

With National Signing Day still 10 months away, there is still plenty of time for other colleges to come in and recruit Powell, ranked the No. 34 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com.

WSU fans have nothing to worry about, though, he said.

“I’m solid with Washington State,” Powell said. “I don’t think I’m going to be taking any other visits to other schools. Big things are coming for WSU and Go Cougs.”


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