Cougar verbal commit and 4-star offensive line prospect Dontae Powell out of Richland has a message for Coug Fans

ANOTHER PAC-12 school came calling on Cougar verbal commit Dontae Powell recently. And between now and February’s Signing Day, more schools are likely to come chasing after the 4-star offensive tackle prospect out of Richland. Should Washington State fans be worried? CF.C talked with him about WSU and recruiting, and Powell wanted to get a message out to Cougar fans.

Powell left little doubt about where he stands.

“To the Coug fans … Go Cougs!  I’m 100 percent with them,” said Powell.

Utah contacted Powell about two weeks ago, looking to gauge his interest in becoming a Ute.

“I (was) respectful about it but I did tell them that I am committed and I’m 100 percent with the Cougs,” said Powell.

POWELL WAS NAMED first team All-Mid-Columbia Conference his senior season for his work on the offensive line. He led Richland High to a perfect 10-0 regular season plus three straight playoff wins. The Class 4A state title game wasn’t decided until the final minutes, but Richland fell 24-14 to Camas and completed its 2016 campaign with a 13-1 mark. 

So that close to a 4A state title and a perfect season. But thinking about the next chapter in Powell’s life at Washington State makes it easier. 

Powell’s Wazzu journey actually began with an area recruiting coach no longer at WSU.

“It all started with Coach (Dave) Yost my sophomore year … I called him and he asked me up there for a practice,” said Powell.  “I just fell in love with WSU as soon as I stepped on campus and watched practice. There is so much energy in their practices and oh, I just fell in love. After that they kept in touch, and I went up for a game my junior year against the Oregon State Beavers and I fell in love more.

“It just felt like family there.  I had to commit.”

POWELL, WHO PLEDGED Wazzu way back in April, said he’s stayed in close communication with future position coach Clay McGuire and area recruiter Dave Nichol over the course of the year.  He also DMs frequently with the future Cougs in his recruiting class.

“Coach McGuire is like talking to a friend,” said Powell. “And then on twitter we have a group message set up named national champions for all the Coug commits and it has a rose motif … I think it was Connor (Neville) who came up with that.”

Powell this season was listed on at 6-6, 300 pounds but said he’s actually a little bigger than that.

“My height is 6-7 – actually it’s 6-6 ½ but I like to round up (laugh) and I’m 305 pounds,” said Powell.

Powell has scheduled his official visit to WSU for Jan. 13, the first weekend after the recruiting contact period opens.

Mike Leach has five known o-line verbal commits in the 2017 class, three from the state of Washington: Powell, Quazzel White, Abraham LucasAlec Kuzmack and George Moore.  WSU could be in line to land a sixth on Wednesday, if Robert Valencia signs with WSU on Wednesday, the first day of the midyear transfer signing period.  Valencia has 2-to-play-2 out of City College of San Francisco. national analyst Greg Biggins on Powell:


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