Lots to update on 4-star Cougar o-line commit Dontae Powell out of Richland

THERE ARE A number of updates on longtime Cougar o-line commit Dontae Powell out of Richland. Cougfan.com talks to the 6-6 1/2, 305-pounder.

Powell is ranked the No. 33 offensive tackle prospect in the nation, and No. 6 out West.  Utah came calling back in December. Now Oregon has been charging hard.

“Lately it’s been Mario Cristobal from Oregon, these last two weeks he’s been ON me,” said Powell.

The Ducks’ o-line coach/co-offensive coordinator wanted Powell to take an official visit to Oregon but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen. 

There is only one final official visit weekend before Signing Day on Feb. 1, and Powell said he is definitely headed to Washington State this Friday. 

Has Oregon offered?

“They didn’t say those words but it sounds like they were going to,” said Powell.

If Oregon were to offer, would that change anything for Powell?

“Right now it would not because I feel like it’s too late in the recruiting process since I’ve been committed to WSU for so long,” said Powell.

Powell said he’s been in close contact this month with his future position coach at Washington State, o-line coach Clay McGuire, with Dave Nichol the Wazzu area recruiter.

“I’ve been talking to WSU almost every day between Coach McGuire and everybody.  It’s like a friendship with Coach McGuire, almost like a best friends kind of thing,” said Powell.

POWELL IS ONE of the most articulate recruits we’ve spoken to this recruiting cycle. We asked the Richland High product where things stood for him academically.

“It’s going good, I’ve got the SATs on Feb. 4,” he said.

How about in the classroom at Richland?

“Things are going excellent there,” said Powell.

Powell was named first team All-Mid-Columbia Conference as a senior for his work on the offensive line. He led Richland High to a perfect 10-0 regular season plus three straight playoff wins before a loss in the Class 4A state title game.

“I feel like Washington State is a really good program. I’ve been building a relationship with the other 2017 commits and it’s going to be a really great time going up there and playing with them for the next 4-5 years,” said Powell.

Any final thoughts?

“Go Cougs!” said Powell.

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