LIVERMORE, Calif. -- The last two times we’ve seen El Cerrito (Calif.) athlete Darius Powe, he’s been working out at corner and receiver at California’s prospect camp. Now, he’s lost water weight, added muscle and looks for all the world to be a Power Five linebacker, and that’s exactly where Nevada offered him several weeks ago.
“I’m still getting a lot of letters from Arizona, Colorado, Cal, and I recently started getting letters from Oregon State,” Powe said. “Hopefully, they offer me, too.”
Powe can play all over the field, and he’s proven that over the 7-on-7 circuit. He’s a big, powerful receiver with solid hands who can go up for balls in the red zone and in traffic, and, even when he’s not trying, he’s still a big hitter, as his film from the recent Passing Down NorCal Regional tournament shows.
“I feel like all of the schools want me either for receiver or outside linebacker,” Powe said. “Nevada offered me at outside linebacker, and they said they liked my intensity, how fast I move, how I like to hit and I really got it from my cousin, Kenneth Caston. He plays on my team, and they’re interested in him, too. We grew up together, hitting, so I really learned all my technique from him.”
Caston – an outside linebacker for the Gauchos – “likes to just throw his body,” Powe said, and it made an impression on Powe when the two were younger, even though Caston is actually younger than Powe.
“I thought, ‘Maybe I should try that,’” Powe smiled.
Powe went to the Golden Bears’ junior day, and will be headed to the Wolf Pack’s on March 28.
“Cal junior day was good,” Powe said. “It got my attention, because it showed how much they care about their players, and how much they care about the education, instead of just football. They’ll do anything for their players, and I like that.”
Powe has spent the last two summers camping in Berkeley, and being coached by those Cal coaches.
“I try to keep up with Sonny Dykes, and their receiver coach,” Powe said. “My God brother De’Zhon Grace plays for Cal, so I try to go up there and run routes.”
Grace – who’s shown up well in spring workouts – and Powe grew up together, and they talk about the Bears often.
“He told me that college, it’s another game,” Powe said. “It’s another level. If you want to play, you’ve just really got to take it seriously. He said the coaching staff’s great. He said he loves the coaching staff. He said he loves the environment, and he loves the coaching staff.”
The thing that stuck out to Powe the most, though, about his latest visit to Berkeley, was sitting and watching film.
“We went into the receivers room, and they fixed my stance, quick,” Powe said. “I had my stance wrong, and the whole time, I was unbalanced, and they fixed it, like that, and they opened my eyes. It was Pierre Ingram.”
Cal is recruiting Powe as a receiver, and very much like his new size.
“They said they liked the whole package,” Powe smiled.
Powe will again go to the Bears’ full-contact camp this summer – his third full-contact camp with Cal -- as well as other college camps this summer. Not many players go to that many Bears camps without coming away with an offer.
“I love it, I love it,” Powe said. “I want them to see me this time.”