September 3, 2008

Dawgs in Powell's Top Two

Newbury Park (CA) defensive end Jackson Powell is one of the top defensive ends on the West Coast, and he has the offers to prove it. Thus far, the 6-foot-5, 232-pound prospect has pulled in offers from Arizona, Cal, Nevada, Oregon State, UNLV, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

"My recruiting is going pretty good. Nothing's really changed in the last month or so," said Powell. "Arizona and Washington are tied right now. Cal is just right behind. Oregon is sending me a lot of stuff - I got a program from them a couple of days ago. If Oregon offered, they would probably jump into my top three."

September 1st was the first day college coaches were allowed to call recruits in months, and Washington wasted no time in contacting Powell.

"Coach [Chris] Tormey called me Monday," said Powell. "He talked about the school - telling me a little bit about it. He told me the stadium is on a lake. I looked up pictures, and it seems pretty cool. It seems like a really nice campus. He talked to me about how it's one of the top academic schools in the country. I also got to talk to Coach [Randy] Hart a little bit. He just asked me how I've been doing."

Powell hasn't visited Montlake yet, but has heard great things from his cousin, who is attending Washington.

"My cousin is attending there this term - it's going to be his first year. He's going there for academics," explained Powell. "I've talked to him a little about it. He said it's a really nice campus and a really nice place to go to school."

However, Powell did get a chance to visit his other co-favorite, Arizona, as well as Cal.

"I went down to Arizona last spring break with a friend. The coaches were really cool. The campus was nice and they have really nice facilities. I talked to Coach Mike Stoops for like 15 or 20 minutes. We just talked about the school and he asked me how things were going," explained Powell. "I've been to Cal a couple of times, because my sister went there. I really like it. The campus is nice and I really like the town of Berkeley."

Powell hasn't set up any official visits as of yet, but said that he wants to visit Washington and Arizona. Powell also stated that Washington Recruiting Coordinator Chris Tormey will call sometime next week to discuss setting up an official visit.

Wherever he goes, Powell will bring a pass rushing specialist, who uses his speed to get to the quarterback quickly. But he knows there's always room for improvement.

"My strengths are my speed and my quickness," said Powell. "My weakness is my hands, just on my pass moves. There's always room for improvement there."

At just over 230 pounds, Powell is relatively slim for a defensive end of his height. However, he plans to add a considerable amount of weight by the time he enrolls for college.

"I want to be at 245 or 250 when I get to college," explained Powell. "And probably put on another 10 or 15 pounds when I get there. I want to weigh around 260 or 265 by the end of my freshman year."

Powell, who will look to the campus and coaching staff as primary factors in his decision, has an idea of when he'd like to make a commitment.

"Probably October, mid October," explained Jackson. "It's the mid point of our season. I want to make a choice before the season ends, but I didn't want to make it too early."

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