Powell nabs Husky offer

A pass-rusher who can get pressure quickly off the edge is a luxury teams are looking to acquire in every recruiting class and one of the best on the west coast this season might be Newbury Park (Ca.) DE Jackson Powell. The playmaking defender just got his first offer on Tuesday and he's got some other Pac 10 schools looking his way.

"I just got an offer from Washington in the mail today," an excited Powell told Dawgman.com. "It actually came to my school and my coaches gave it to me.

"They were really excited for me to get it and said it was a good offer from a good school.

"I was really hyped up and excited to get it and to know that my hard work has started to pay off. I don't know much about their program right now, but I'm going to start checking them out and my teammate, Chris Brown, his older brother played for them and he's being recruited by them too."

Powell had a standout season for Newbury Park as a junior in 2007, posting 67 tackles, 9.5 sacks and an interception.

"The interception was off a tip, but it was cool to get the ball in my hands because I play offensive tackle on offense so I don't really ever see the ball," Jackson said with a chuckle. "They use me in different ways, but mainly my job is to get to the quarterback and get pressure on him fast so he doesn't have time to get comfortable."

On the recruiting front, in addition to the interest and offer from Washington, Powell is also hearing from Arizona and USC.

"USC just called Monday and asked for my transcripts," Powell said. "They are my dream school and if they offered me I would take it in a heartbeat.

"Arizona is another school that's been looking at me. Other than that, I just get a lot of letters and questionaires, but my coaches said it's still really early so it's not that big of a deal right now."

Powell hadn't made any spring or summer plans to attend camps and said he may visit a school or two during spring practices so he can get a feel for the different programs.

We'll continue to follow Powell's progress as the spring evaluation period gets underway.

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